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Gustave Dore: Artist

Posted in Art, Artist on Wednesday, 29 June 2011

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Gustave Dore is one of the most famous of all engravers and illustrators, working in both wood and steel to illustrate some of the most famous and collectable illustrated books of all time.

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Samson and Delilah, as depicted by Gustave Dore

Born Paul Gustave Dore in Strasbourg, France, on 6 January 1832, he illustrated his first story at the age of 15 and subsequently began working in Paris as an illustrator working on books by Rabelais, Balzac, Milton and Dante.

In 1853, he was asked to illustrate the works of Lord Byron and other commissions followed from British publishers, including a new illustrated Bible, published in 1866. Amongst his most famous works are illustrated editions of Don Quixote, Paradise Lost and The Divine Comedy.

Dore had a major exhibition in London in 1867 which led, in 1869, to the suggestion by Blanchard Jerrold that they work together to produce a book that looked intimately at the city of London. Dore signed a contract worth £10,000 a year, for which he agreed to move to London for three months of each year. London: A Pilgrimage was published in 1872 and enjoyed major commercial success.

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A portrait of Gustave Dore

Dore died after a short illness at his home in Rue St.Dominique in Paris on 23 January 1883, aged 51.

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