Mohammed Image Archive
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Many popular American and European books about Islam have included lithographs and line drawings depicting Mohammed. Several examples are presented below. The second half of this page features illustrations from late 20th-century comic-book biographies of Mohammed.
Frontispiece from The Life of Mahomet, by A. du Ryer (published by J. & B. Sprint, 1719).
Portrait of Mohammed from Michel Baudier's Histoire générale de la religion des turcs (Paris, 1625). It was sold at auction by Sotheby's in 2002. The same image was incorporated into the cover of issue #2195 of the French magazine Le Nouvel Observateur.
(Hat tip: Kilgore Trout, and Raafat.)
This illustration is taken from La vie de Mahomet, by M. Prideaux, published in 1699. It shows Mohammed holding a sword and a crescent while trampling on a globe, a cross, and the Ten Commandments.
(Hat tip: Andy B.)
This color drawing of Mohammed in anachronistic 17th- or 18th-century garb comes from the 1719 German edition of the book Description de l'Univers, by Alain Manesson Mallet, which was first published in Paris in 1683 and later
reprinted several times until 1719. The caption at the top says "Der falshe Profhet Mahomet": The False Prophet Mohammed.
(Hat tip: F. P.)
This almost identical depiction of Mohammed comes from an earlier edition of Description de l'Univers; the color scheme and a few small details are slightly different in this version.
Death of Mahomet; photograph of a page in the book The History of the Arabs, Including the Life of Mohammed, by William Mavor (published in New York in 1804).
(Hat tip: little old lady.)
This illustration, taken from the German book Mahomets und Türcken Grewel published in Frankfurt in 1664, depicts Mohammed in the bottom panel being tormented by demons. The book is "An account of the wars between Austria and Turkey in the 1660's, prefaced by an account of Islam." It was sold at auction by Sotheby's in 2002.
(Hat tip: Kilgore Trout.)
The About.com guide to agnosticism and atheism features a series of public-domain line drawings of Mohammed, eight of which are reproductions of Victorian-era book illustrations. They are presented below.