The covers of the new editions of Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights, Anne Brontë’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall and Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre feature charcoal illustrations by Gillespie, whose work was spotted at the Beaux Arts London gallery by Vintage picture researcher, Lily Richards.
Vintage creative director Suzanne Dean designed the new editions which coincide with next year’s bicentenary of Charlotte Brontë’s birth. Dean says at the outset of the project she was aware of the sheer number of editions of the Brontë’s work and that the challenge was therefore to try and take a different approach to the new covers.
The images by artist Sarah Gillespie wrap around the front, spine and back cover of each book. The three covers are shown at top of post
“I always take into account how a certain classic has been packaged through various eras,” she says. “When looking back I found that most of the past Bronte covers featured figures, so I decided to work in a different direction.”
Dean says that she wanted to find something “quintessentially English” and which also had a strong sense of place – in keeping with the landscape of the Brontës’ work. “