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Gulliver Reading



for Gulliver's Travels

A study for Gulliver's Travels


In 1947 a new edition of Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels appeared. It was published by Crown Publishers and included an introduction by Jacques Barzun. It had twenty four original prints and one hundred and sixty drawings by my father. Here is a sampling.




Lemuel Gulliver

Mr. Lemuel Gulliver



Map of Lilliput

The Voyage to


and Blefusco




Gulliver swimming to shore

Gulliver swimming to shore





A Person of Quality

A Person of Quality





Gulliver's Watch

Gulliver's Watch





The King's Army

The King's Army





The Candidates for great Employments,
and high Favour, at Court

Candidates for High Favour





The Empress

The Empress





Gulliver quenching the Fire
in the Royal Quarters of the Empress

Gulliver putting out a fire





The Emperor of Blefuscu


Emperor of Blefusco






Map of Brobdingnag

The Voyage to




Gulliver meets a Farmer

Gulliver meets a Brobdingnagian




A Brobdignagian Cat

A Brobdingnagian Cat





A Brobdignagian Baby

A Brobdignagian Baby





The Queen's Maids of Honor

Maids of Honor






Floating Island

The Voyage to Laputa

Balnibarbi, Luggnagg,


and Japan



The Grand Academy of Lagado

Grand Academy of Lagado


















The Struldbruggs

The Struldbruggs






Land of the Houyhnhnms

The Voyage to

the Country of the






Gulliver meeting the Houyhnhnms

Two Houyhnhnms






Fighting Yahoos





Top Yahoo

The Top Yahoo





Houyhnhnm and Yahoo

Defeated Yahoo





Gulliver Explains European Politics

European Politics





European Life

European Life





Gulliver Returning Home to England

Gulliver returning home





If the Europeans invaded the
Land of the Houyhnhnms

A European Invasion




Inverted Spy Glass

"Luis Quintanilla was a very fine artist with a special gift for seizing and enhancing by original illustrations the most significant moments in a literary work."


Jacques Barzun

Sept. 25, 2000





In early January of 1948 he received a letter from Dudley Fitts. It is on Phillips Academy stationary and Fitts, at that time, was an instructor at Phillips up in Andover, Massachusetts. Fitts was a well known poet and one of the best translators of his time of classical Greek plays into English. He had received a copy of the Gulliver as a gift from his old friend the artist and replied, in Spanish, that not withstanding certain Andalucian priests they had once encountered he discovers himself to be "a believer this morning; and what has affected this unexpected transformation is your magnificent Gulliver which arrived not only at the beginning of the new year but also on the occasion of my beginning a new course here on Swift and his work. It is difficult to deny a presentiment. You have given me the gift of a fine omen, and how was it that you knew that at ten o'clock sharp this morning I would be standing before a class intoning pontifically?:

"'Very well, gentlemen: spit out your Wrigley-Spearmint
onto the floor, and you, O'Reilly of my heart, please do
me the favor of ceasing to play the trumpet. Thank you.
Gentlemen: Jonathan Swift, Christian misanthrope, was
born in Dublin in 1667, &c &c......


"Or is Quintanilla clairvoyant, or does God exist. Which do you prefer?

"Your Gulliver is an enchantment. The drawings have the certitude, the bitter grieving compassion which I perceived many years ago in your All the Brave, and the ferocious humor of your book, with Paul, on arroz con pollo. That is to say, they have the savage indignation which so tormented Swift himself. And they are the inevitable accompaniment to the Gulliver: it being a book which is profoundly religious I can't deny the conclusion that you are a religious painter. Very well, as I said, I believe in this form of religion....

"I am not going to continue excoriating you with this awful Castilian of mine (VOICES IN THE BACKGROUND: then, why the devil not write in English? VOICE OF PROFESSOR FEETS: What the hell, this is fun, ain't it?) Enough to say that your gift has moved me greatly, and that once again I offer you my thanks for your many elegances. Su amigo invariable,... " and here he signed it with a lovely black monogram, D. F., in black ink.

Reduced to a mere illustrator of books, he at least still received an appreciative understanding from friends, once again, who could see what he did and how it related to its subject. The great illusion and intent he had put into his work had communicated itself to Fitts, who comprehended this aesthetic significance. And communicated it back to the artist in his humorous, life enhancing, enchanting letter.


From Waiting at the Shore




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