E. K. Johnson

Edward Killingworth Johnson (1825 – 1896), also known as E. K. Johnson, was an illustrator, engraver, and photographer. He was born on 30 May 1825 in Stratford-le-Bow, England. In 1839 Johnson was apprenticed to wood engraver John Orrin Smith (1799–1843) and later his partner William James Linton (1812 – 1897). Smith and Linton worked on many commissions for The Illustrated London News throughout the 1840s. The Pre-Raphaelites inspired Johnson’s artistic style. Johnson exhibited at the Royal Academy, the Society of Painters in Water Colours, the American Society of Painters in Water Color, and the British Fine Art sections from the Philadelphia Exhibition and Paris Universal Exhibition. He is possibly best remembered today for executing the earliest illustrations for Haggard’s She, serialized in The Graphic between October 1886 and January 1887. Johnson married Hannah Reynolds (b. 1851) in November 1871, and they had three children, Gyles Alington (b. 1872), Hannah Barbara (b.1875), and Richard Spencer Johnson (b. 1875). Johnson died on 7 April 1896.

Further Reading


Christie, Manson & Woods. Catalogue of the remaining works and artistic accessories of that eminent water-colour painter Edward Killingworth Johnson, deceased ... : and drawings, the property of a gentleman, deceased and a few old drawings, from different sources. London: Christie, Manson & Woods, 1897. Print.


“Edward Killingworth Johnson.” The Meadows Family Tree. 16 Oct. 2013. Web.

Illustrations by E. K. Johnson



Abeam272 A beam from the setting sun pierced the stygian gloom, and smote upon the point of rock whereon we lay.. She, A History of Adventure. 1st US edition. 1887
Aswe246 As we were returning, Billali met us.. She, A History of Adventure. 1st US edition. 1887
Hollyexplores24 Holly explores the silver casket.. She, A History of Adventure. 1st US edition. 1887
Isprang98 I sprang to my feet with a yell of horror, and, drawing my revolver, fired it.. She, A History of Adventure. 1st US edition. 1887

Itook110 I took this cold fragment of mortality in my hands and looked at it.. She, A History of Adventure. 1st US edition. 1887
Nextsecond196 Next second her tall and willowy form was staggering back across the room, as though she had been shot or stabbed.. She, A History of Adventure. 1st US edition. 1887
Ohmy220 'Oh, my lord,' I heard her whisper, 'so I have found thee.'. She, A History of Adventure. 1st US edition. 1887
Oneand288 One and all of us, save She, who stood up and stretched her hands towards the fire, sank down before it, and hid our faces in the sand.. She, A History of Adventure. 1st US edition. 1887

Thecurtain143 The curtain was drawn, and a tall figure stood before us.. She, A History of Adventure. 1st US edition. 1887
Thenext304 The next instant I felt Leo seize me by the right wrist with both hands.. She, A History of Adventure. 1st US edition. 1887
Therewere58 There were the thick lips, the fat cheeks, and the squat nose standing out with startling clearness.. She, A History of Adventure. 1st US edition. 1887
Whenthe181 When the lamps were held up I saw that it was nothing but one vast charnel-house.. She, A History of Adventure. 1st US edition. 1887