Booklicious: The Most Famous People You've Never Seen — Until Now

February 13, 2012


Does this man look familiar? Or, to be more precise, does he read familiar? Here's the answer:

Mr. Rochester, his foot supported by the cushion; he was looking at Adèle and the dog: the fire shone full on his face. I knew my traveller with his broad and jetty eyebrows; his square forehead, made squarer by the horizontal sweep of his black hair. I recognised his decisive nose, more remarkable for character than beauty; his full nostrils, denoting, I thought, choler; his grim mouth, chin, and jaw—yes, all three were very grim, and no mistake. His shape, now divested of cloak, I perceived harmonised in squareness with his physiognomy…My master’s colourless, olive face, square, massive brow, broad and jetty eyebrows, deep eyes, strong features, firm, grim mouth.

It's Jane Eyre's Edward Rochester, as conjured up using law-enforcement composite technology. Brian Joseph Davis had the very clever idea to create police sketches of literary characters using descriptions found in their novels. Here's another:

Generic and vaguely nerdy? It's Tom Ripley, of The Talented Mr. Ripley

You can marvel at the rest of Davis's composites here.


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