Lilias Trotter illustrations

Some time back I found a Lilias Trotter eBook put online by the Project Gutenburg. Parables of the Cross and Parables of the Christ-life were both available, and I quickly downloaded and printed them for my own collection. I’ve yet to read them, but I wanted to share a few of my favorite images from Parables of the Cross (the image quality in Parables of the Christ-life is lacking). I can see why Ruskin thought her the next best thing in the art world; her craft here is exceptional.




Her handwriting is gorgeous as well.

I like the composition of these three works, as well as a certain softness that seems to be her style. It gives the subjects certain kind of handmade beauty without compromising the rendering, the realism.


About pcNielsen
Paul Nielsen founded The Aesthetic Elevator late in 2005. He owns a piece of paper, located somewhere in his house (not on the wall), stating that he earned a B.F.A. from the University of Nebraska around about 2001. While there, he studied studied architecture, graphic design and ceramics, graduating with a degree in studio art. Paul presently serves as communications manager for a small non-profit doing their print design and marketing. He spends as much time sculpting in his studio as possible — which is not nearly enough. Visit his website at

3 Responses to Lilias Trotter illustrations

  1. Katie says:

    how did you obtain these images? I would like to have them reprinted and blown up to frame in my own. If possible, could you email me the file? Thank you!

  2. pcNielsen says:

    The links are in the first pp of the post, as the titles of the books. Here they are again: (Download here: (Download here:

  3. Mark says:

    Hi Paul:

    It’s great to see your passion for arts in missions all over the web! Thank you! Lilias Trotter, a missionary to Algeria in North Africa, has an inspiring book entitled “Until the Day Breaks”. You can find some of her writings and art work at:

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