Edmund Joseph Sullivan (1869-1933)

British book illustrator

Born in London, Sullivan studied under his father, the artist Michael Sullivan, in Hastings, Sussex. However, he decided to concentrate on the emerging field of graphic design and book illustration, which was flourishing at the end of the nineteenth century. For a time Sullivan worked as an illustrator on the Daily Graphic, but was fired for being too artistic and unconventional. He moved to the Pall Mall Magazine in 1893, where he began to work on illustrations to literature. By the end of the decade, his designs were in high demand. Sullivan produced some 50 etchings during the 1920s and The Brazier is considered amongst the best. Usually known as E. J. Sullivan, he was President of the Art Workers’ Guild (1931) and a member of the Council of the International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers. He taught book illustration at Goldsmiths’ School of Art.