Composite sketches show the difference between Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Assuming the differences between Dr. Henry Jekyll and Mr. Edward Hyde are a matter of personality, carriage, and grooming, just how different do they look from one another? Using police sketch software, an artist envisions the faces of Jekyll and Hyde.


Brian Joseph Davis has been translating descriptions of fictional characters into portraits using law enforcement composite software for a while now, but this Jekyll and Hyde portrait pairing is especially interesting as it shows two personas who share a face but not an appearance. Here are the excerpts from Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde that Davis used to make these portraits:

To this rule, Dr. Jekyll was no exception; and as he now sat on the opposite side of the fire—a large, well-made, smooth-faced man of fifty, with something of a slyish cast perhaps, but every mark of capacity and kindness…The large handsome face of Dr. Jekyll grew pale to the very lips, and there came a blackness about his eyes.


Mr. Hyde was pale and dwarfish, he gave an impression of deformity without any nameable malformation, he had a displeasing smile…thickly shaded with a swart growth of hair…corded and hairy…God bless me, the man seems hardly human! Something troglodytic…Edward Hyde was so much smaller, slighter, and younger than Henry Jekyll. Even as good shone upon the countenance of the one, evil was written broadly and plainly on the face of the other…The few who could describe him differed widely, as common observers will. Only on one point, were they agreed; and that was the haunting sense of unexpressed deformity with which the fugitive impressed his beholders.

You can see more of Davis' portraits at the Composites Tumblr.

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson [Composites via Nerdcore]