Cassell’s Doré gallery (1)

Cassell’s Doré gallery:  containing two hundred and fifty full-page engravings selected from the Doré Bible, Milton, Dante’s Inferno, Dante’s Purgatorio and Paradiso, Atala, Fontaine, Fairy realm, Don Quixote, Baron Munchausen, Croquemitaine, etc., etc.;  with memoir of Doré, critical essay, and descriptive letterpress by Edmund Ollier. London ;  Paris ; New York: Cassell, Petter, Galpin & Co,  [1897?]. Classmark: 1896.12.37

 In the 1860s French artist Gustave  Doré (1832-1883).had illustrated a French edition of Cervantes’s Don Quixote, and his depictions of the knight and his valet have become so famous that they had a huge influence in creating a collective imaginary surrounding the Knight and his servant. Doré was famous in 19th century England; in 1974 a gallery had opened to exhibit and publicise his work. Works such as this Gallery by Cassel further disseminated the image of Quixote, even among people who had not read the original novel.


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