The Gallery holds the most extensive collection of portraits in the world. Search over 215,000 works, 150,000 of which are illustrated from the 16th Century to the present day.

Search the Collection

George Eliot

(1819-1880), Novelist

George Eliot (Mary Ann Cross (née Evans))

Sitter associated with 12 portraits
One of the greatest Victorian novelists and recognised as such in her lifetime. Known by her pen name, Eliot was born Mary Ann Evans. She had strong evangelical sympathies and translated Strauss's Life of Jesus, 1846, and other works. Her great novels include The Mill on the Floss, 1860, Romola, 1862-3, Middlemarch, 1871-2, and Daniel Deronda, 1874-6. Evans challenged Victorian social conventions by living for many years with the writer and critic George Henry Lewes, who was separated but not divorced from his wife, until his death in 1878. In 1880 she married the banker, J. W. Cross.

Tell us More

List Thumbnail

George Eliot, by Unknown artist - NPG 2645

George Eliot

by Unknown artist
silhouette
NPG 2645

George Eliot, by Caroline Bray - NPG 1232

George Eliot

by Caroline Bray
watercolour, 1842
On display in the Room 25 wallcase at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1232

George Eliot, replica by François D'Albert Durade - NPG 1405

George Eliot

replica by François D'Albert Durade
oil on canvas, 1850-1886, based on a work of 1850
On display in Room 25 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1405

George Eliot, by Sir Frederic William Burton - NPG 669

George Eliot

by Sir Frederic William Burton
chalk, 1865
On display in Room 25 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 669

George Eliot, by Lowes Cato Dickinson - NPG 4961

George Eliot

by Lowes Cato Dickinson
ink, 1872
On display in the Room 25 wallcase at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4961

George Eliot, by Laura Theresa (née Epps), Lady Alma-Tadema - NPG 2211

George Eliot

by Laura Theresa (née Epps), Lady Alma-Tadema
pencil, circa 1877
NPG 2211

George Eliot, by Laura Theresa (née Epps), Lady Alma-Tadema - NPG 1758

George Eliot

by Laura Theresa (née Epps), Lady Alma-Tadema
pencil, 1877
NPG 1758

George Eliot, by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company, after  Mayall - NPG x9049

George Eliot

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company, after Mayall
albumen print, circa 1881 (1858)
NPG x9049

George Eliot, by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company, after  Mayall - NPG x9050

George Eliot

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company, after Mayall
albumen cabinet card, circa 1881 (1858)
NPG x9050

George Eliot, by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company, after  Mayall - NPG x126939

George Eliot

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company, after Mayall
sepia postcard print, copied 1870s (1858)
On display in the Room 25 wallcase at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x126939

George Eliot, by Paul Adolphe Rajon, after  Sir Frederic William Burton - NPG D9729

George Eliot

by Paul Adolphe Rajon, after Sir Frederic William Burton
etching, (1865)
NPG D9729

Related People

Tell us more back to top

Can you tell us more about this person? Spotted an error, information that is missing (a sitter’s life dates, occupation or family relationships, or a date of portrait for example) or do you know anything that we don't know? If you have information to share please complete the form below.

If you require information from us, please use our Archive enquiry service. You can buy a print of most illustrated portraits. Select the portrait of interest to you, then look out for a Buy a Print button. Prices start at £6 for unframed prints, £25 for framed prints. If you wish to license an image, please use our Rights and Images service.

Please note that we cannot provide valuations.

We digitise over 8,000 portraits a year and we cannot guarantee being able to digitise images that are not already scheduled.

What can you tell us?close

There are occasions when we are unsure of the identity of a sitter or artist, their life dates, occupation or have not recorded their family relationships. Sometimes we have not recorded the date of a portrait. Do you have specialist knowledge or a particular interest about any aspect of the portrait or sitter or artist that you can share with us? We would welcome any information that adds to and enhances our information and understanding about a particular portrait, sitter or artist.

Citationclose

How do you know this? Please could you let us know your source of information.

* Permission to publish (Privacy information)
Privacy Informationclose

The National Portrait Gallery will NOT use your information to contact you or store for any other purpose than to investigate or display your contribution. By ticking permission to publish you are indicating your agreement for your contribution to be shown on this collection item page. Please note your email address will not be displayed on the page nor will it be used for any marketing material or promotion of any kind.

Please ensure your comments are relevant and appropriate. Your contributions must be polite and with no intention of causing trouble. All contributions are moderated.

Your Emailclose

Contributions are moderated. We'll need your email address so that we can follow up on the information provided and contact you to let you know when your contribution has been published.