Herbert Cole

Herbert Cole (1867–1930) was an English book illustrator and portrait artist.

Portrait of Herbert's wife, Clara, (1912)

Cole was influenced by Walter Crane and Sir Edward Burne-Jones. He illustrated a range of books published by various notable publishers.[1] He illustrated the John Lane edition of Gulliver's Travels in 1900.[2]

Personal life

Herbert Cole's wife was anti-war activist Clara Gilbert Cole.[3]

Background and Influences

Herbert Cole (1867-1930) like Sylvia Pankhurst, studied at Manchester School of Art and was heavily influenced by the Pre-Raphaelites, William Morris and illustrators like Walter Crane who had volunteered their work for papers like the Socialist League's Commonweal. He married the anarchist and anti-militarist Clara Gilbert.

Both Clara and Herbert seem to have been involved in suffragism, Herbert becoming the staff artist for the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) later progressing to provide illustrations for 'The Workers' Dreadnought'. He was a prolific artist from the 1890s into the 1920s. His work included that as an illustrator for children's books and a designer.[4]



  1. "Herbert Cole". Art Magick. Art Magick. Archived from the original on 10 September 2015. Retrieved 17 September 2015.
  2. "Short Biographies of Three Illustrators: Herbert Cole, Will Crawford and Everett Shinn". Bpib.com. 2003-05-20. Retrieved 2017-08-10.
  3. “Peace. "CLARA GILBERT COLE". menwhosaidno.org.
  4. "Drawing - Animals drawn from memory - Victoria & Albert Museum - Search the Collections". m.vam.ac.uk.