This fancy letter image may actually be a bit over-decorated. It’s a bit hard to see, but amid all of the ivy vines and greenery, there’s a letter A. As far as drop cap images go, this one does it’s job well. It does draw the eye to the beginning of the paragraph. But, you might want to be careful what word you use it in front of to ensure that your reader does not confuse it with another letter.
Thomas E. Hill made quite an ambitious work when he wrote Hill’s Album of Biography and Art in 1882. He did not indicate whether the artwork is from his own hand, another artist or primarily from print foundries.
This image is copyright free and in the public domain anywhere that extends copyrights 70 years after death or at least 120 years after publication when the original illustrator is unknown.