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MARCH 29, 2010 BY JON
Eustace Tilley
It’s been reported that the _New Yorker_ magazine’s mascot, the character “Eustace Tilley,” is based on an illustration from the Encyclopædia Britannicas famous eleventh edition. But it hasn’t been easy to find a online view of that original illustration. Until now.
For some interesting comment on the origins and identity of Tilley (and _The New Yorker_ itself), see Louis Menand, “Mystery Man.”
Source: “Costume,” _Encyclopædia Britannica,_ eleventh edition, vol. 7 (New York: Encyclopædia Britannica Co., 1910), 244, fig. 47. The original illustration in the “Handy Volume Edition” (which is photo-reduced from the regular edition) is approximately 2×1″.
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