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



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
Whenthethegraphic549 When the lamps were held up I saw that it was nothing but one vast charnel-house. She, A History of Adventure. The Graphic, vol. 34, no. 886. 20 November 1886
Whydid8 'Why did you keep me standing there in the cold?' he asked.. She, A History of Adventure. 1st US edition. 1887