Thure de Thulstrup

Thure de Thulstrup (1848-1930) was born Bror Thure Thulstrup in Stockholm, Sweden, on 5 April 1848. His father, Carl Magnus Thulstrup, was a soldier and the secretary of naval defense of Sweden. He attended the Swedish National Military Academy before joining the French Foreign Legion and fighting in the 1870-71 Franco-Prussian War. Thulstrup studied drawing and topographical engineering in Paris in 1872. After emigrating first to Canada in 1873, then to Boston, Thulstrup began working for the Prang lithographic firm. On 3 June 1879 he married Lucie Bavoillot (d. 1915). Thulstrup then moved to New York, where he created illustrations for the New York Daily Graphic, Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, Century, Harper's Weekly, and Scribner's Magazine. Although he is best remembered today for his illustrations depicting military subject matter, and especially the American Civil War, Thulstrup also illustrated fictions including H. Rider Haggard's Maiwa's Revenge (1888) and Arthur Conan Doyle's The Refugees (1893). He was a member of the American Water Color Society, the Society of Illustrators, the John Ericsson Society of Swedish Engineers, and a knight of the Order of Vasa, Sweden. Thulstrup died at St. Luke's Hospital, New York, on 9 June 1930.

Further Reading


"Bror Thure Thulstrup." Dictionary of American Biography. XVIII. New York: Scribner's Sons, 1936. 512–13. Print.


Chambers, Bruce W. "Thure de Thulstrup (Bror Thure Thulstrup) (1848-1930)." Art and Artists of the South: The Robert P. Coggins Collection. Columbia, SC: Columbia University of South Carolina Press, 1984. 31. Print.


Cortissoz, Royal. Annual of the Society of Illustrators. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1911. Internet Archive. Web. 8 March 2017.


Reed, Walt. "Thure de Thulstrup." The Illustrator in America, 1860-2000. New York: Society of Illustrators, 2001. 41.


Thulstrup, Thure de. Drawings by Thulstrup and Others. New York: E.R. Herrick & Co., 1898. Print.


---. Outdoor Pictures. New York: F.A. Stokes Company, 1899. Print.


Wagner, Margaret E., Gary W. Gallagher, and Paul Finkelman, eds. The Library of Congress Civil War Desk Reference. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2002. 830. Print.

Illustrations by Thure de Thulstrup



Atdinnerharpers181 At dinner. Maiwa's Revenge; Or, The War of the Little Hand. Harper's New Monthly Magazine, vol. 77, no. 458. July 1888
Carryingoffharpers358 Carrying off the ivory. Maiwa's Revenge; Or, The War of the Little Hand. Harper's New Monthly Magazine, vol. 77, no. 459. August 1888
Dontshootharpers185 'Don't shoot, boss'. Maiwa's Revenge; Or, The War of the Little Hand. Harper's New Monthly Magazine, vol. 77, no. 458. July 1888
Everysrescueharpers357 Every's Rescue. Maiwa's Revenge; Or, The War of the Little Hand. Harper's New Monthly Magazine, vol. 77, no. 459. August 1888

Fireyouharpers351 'Fire, you scoundrels!'. Maiwa's Revenge; Or, The War of the Little Hand. Harper's New Monthly Magazine, vol. 77, no. 459. August 1888
Followmeharpers355 'Follow me, children of Nala!'. Maiwa's Revenge; Or, The War of the Little Hand. Harper's New Monthly Magazine, vol. 77, no. 459. August 1888
Readtheharpers203 Read the signs, white man. Maiwa's Revenge; Or, The War of the Little Hand. Harper's New Monthly Magazine, vol. 77, no. 458. July 1888
Thebulletharpers164 The bullet hit the man beneath me somewhere. Maiwa's Revenge; Or, The War of the Little Hand. Harper's New Monthly Magazine, vol. 77, no. 458. July 1888

Thepairharpers197 The pair of them came like thunder-bolts. Maiwa's Revenge; Or, The War of the Little Hand. Harper's New Monthly Magazine, vol. 77, no. 458. July 1888
Westartedharpers188 We started in a crouching attitude. Maiwa's Revenge; Or, The War of the Little Hand. Harper's New Monthly Magazine, vol. 77, no. 458. July 1888