Edward Whymper

Edward Whymper (1840– 1911) is an illustrator and engraver. He was born in London on 27 April 1840. Whymper's father was wood engraver Josiah Wood Whymper (1813–1903). Edward Whymper attended Clarendon House School and was apprenticed to his father as a draughtsman engraver at the age of fourteen. In 1861 Whymper joined the Alpine Club and remained an avid mountaineer for the rest of his life. He received the patron's medal of the Royal Geographical Society in 1892. Whymper began his own engraving business on the Strand, London, in 1865. By the end of 1890 he had taken over his father’s illustration firms on Lambeth Road and Ludgate Hill. In 1906 he married Edith Mary Lewin, but they divorced in 1910. He died 16 September 1911.

Further Reading:


Smythe, Francis Sydney. Edward Whymper. London : Hodder and Stoughton, 1940. Print.


Engen, Rodney K.. Dictionary of Victorian Wood Engravers. N.J.: Chadwyck-Healey, 1985. Print.


Peter H. Hansen. “Edward Whymper (1840–1911).” Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press, 2004. Web. 6 Oct 2013.


Illustrations by Edward Whymper



And188921 And. Cleopatra. 1st UK edition. 1889
And1889204 And. Cleopatra. 1st UK edition. 1889
Cleopatrailn528 And. Cleopatra. Illustrated London News, vol. XCIV no. 2610. 27 April 1889
Cleopatrailn43 And; For. Benita [The Spirit of Bambatse]. Cassell's Magazine, vol. 41, no. 1. December 1905

Cleopatrailn43 And; For. Cleopatra. Illustrated London News, vol. XCIV no. 2595. 12 January 1889
At188938 At. Cleopatra. 1st UK edition. 1889
At1889121 At. Cleopatra. 1st UK edition. 1889
Cleopatrailn76 At. Cleopatra. Illustrated London News, vol. XCIV no. 2596. 19 January 1889

Cleopatrailn300 At. Cleopatra. Illustrated London News, vol. XCIV no. 2603. 9 March 1889
By188913 By. Cleopatra. 1st UK edition. 1889
Charmion1889325 Charmion. Cleopatra. 1st UK edition. 1889
Cleopatrailn816 Charmion; They. Cleopatra. Illustrated London News, vol. XCIV no. 2619. 29 June 1889