"A Picturesque and Dramatic History" : George Reynolds's Story of the Book of Mormon
"The Story of The Book of Mormon," published by George Reynolds in 1888, was the first published attempt at illustrating the Book of Mormon. Four Salt Lake City artists, George Ottinger, William C. Morris, William Armitage, and John Held Sr., created illustrations for the book. Much of the artistry in the book was done in the tradition of prior religious and historical paintings, and contemporary knowledge of Mesoamerica and Native American cultures. This volume was widely used both privately and in Church educational settings, and its illustrations became the authoritative Book of Mormon imagery for a generation or more of Latter-day Saints. This essay discusses how George Reynolds, a member of Church in the 1880s, created and published along with various artists "The Story of the Book of Mormon." This work was the first major illustrated compilation of Book of Mormon stories. Included are several examples of illustrations from that book.