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Enigma, Gustave Doré
Gustave Doré was a world famous 19th century illustrator. Although he illustrated over 200 books, some with more than 400 plates, he is primarily known for his illustrations to The Divine Comedy, particularly The Inferno, his illustrations to Don Quixote, and Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven.
These art images include Doré's illustrations to The Divine Comedy, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Perrault's Fairy Tales, Don Quixote, Paradise Lost, Contes Drolatiques, Fables de La Fontaine, Tennyson's Elaine, and others.Latest additions: Added Leviathan to the Bible images. The Crusades. Also, the Rime of the Ancient Mariner is now complete, from the 1876 elephant folio edition. Coming: Idylls of the King and special selections of Gustave Doré Angels and The Darker Side of Gustave Doré (at least a few by Halloween, but many of these can be found now in Rime and Inferno).
Is it or is it not Doré? Some people think Witches Dancing at a Sabbath (La Danse du Sabbat) is Doré and some insist it isn't. This is made more difficult because many works signed by Doré are primarily works done by his apprentices under his direction so being true to type isn't the sole criteria. For example, for Rime of the Ancient Mariner, he had worked with some of his engravers so many times that he sketched the drawing directly on large woodblocks and the engravers completed the work. This is the other signature you see on many of the illustrations. In any case, I'm including it here until it's proven one way or the other. Doré did not sign the finished work unless it met with his approval, which could have been denied for any number of reasons. His signature does not appear on Witches Dancing at a Sabbath but his influence is still apparent.
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Part 1: Images from Gustave Doré's illustrations to The Divine Comedy.
Part 2: Images from Gustave Doré's illustrations to The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and The Bible. (The *complete* illustrations to the Bible are here ).
Plate 1: Wherefore stopp'st thou me?
Plate 2: The Wedding Guest
Plate 3: Red as a Rose is the Bride
Plate 4: The Ship Fled the Storm
Plate 5: It was Wondrous Cold
Plate 6: The Ice was All Around
Plate 7: The Albatross
Plate 8: I shot the Albatross
Plate 9: I had done a hellish thing
Plate 10: Water, water, every where
Plate 11: The Death-Fires Danced at Night
Plate 12: Nine fathom deep he had followed us
Plate 13: The Death Ship Nears
Plate 14: The Game is Done!
Plate 15: Each cursed me with his eye
Plate 16: No saint took pity
Plate 17: I looked upon the rotting sea
Plate 18: And yet I could not die
Plate 19: The moving Moon went up to the Sky
Plate 20: I watched the water-snakes
Plate 21: The rain poured down from one black cloud
Plate 22: They all uprose
Plate 23: The sails made on a pleasant noise
Plate 24: I fell down in a swound
Plate 25: Two voices in the air
Plate 26: Without wave or wind
Plate 27: The shadow of the moon
Plate 28: In crimson colors came
Plate 29: A heavenly sight
Plate 30: The skiff-boat nears
Plate 31: The Whirl
Plate 32: The Pilot
Plate 33: Oh shrieve me, holy man
Plate 34: Strange power of speech
Plate 35: I know the man that must hear me
Plate 36: The Wedding Guests
Plate 37: So Lonely
Plate 38: The mariner is gone
Part 3: Selected images from Gustave Doré's illustrations to Perrault's Fairy Tales and Fables de la Fontaine and others.
Sleeping Beauty 1
Tom Thumb 1
Red Riding Hood 1
The Hare and the Frogs
Part 4: Jacob Wrestling with the Angel, Jesus, Enigma, and others.
Part 5: Images from Gustave Doré's illustrations to The Raven.
Cover Plate 1 - Title Page List of illustrations with engravers - page 1 List of illustrations with engravers - page 2 Plate 2 - Nevermore Plate 3 - ANATKH (Inevitability) Plate 4 - A Midnight Dreary Plate 5 - Bleak December Plate 6 - Vainly I had Sought to Borrow Plate 7 - Sorrow for Lenore Plate 8 - Nameless Here for Evermore Plate 9 - Some Late Visitor Plate 10 - Darkness there and Nothing More Plate 11 - Dreams No Mortal Ever Dared to Dream Before Plate 12 - Something at My Window Lattice Plate 13 - Open here I Flung the Shutter Plate 14 - Not the Least Obeisance Made He Plate 15 - Perched Upon a Bust of Pallas Plate 16 - Wandering from the Nightly Shore Plate 17 - Other Friends Have Flown Before Plate 18 - Fancy Unto Fancy Plate 19 - Velvet Lining Plate 20 - Respite and Nepenthe Plate 21 - By Horror Haunted Plate 22 - Balm in Gilead Plate 23 - Whom the Angels Name Lenore Plate 24 - Bird or Fiend! Plate 25 - Back into the Tempest Plate 26 - My Soul from out that Shadow Plate 27 - The Secret of the Sphinx
Part 6: Images from Gustave Doré's illustrations to Milton's Paradise Lost.
Paradise Lost 1
Paradise Lost 6
Paradise Lost 11
Paradise Lost 16
Part 7: Images from Gustave Doré's illustrations to The Crusades.
The Ottomans Penetrate Hungary
Death of Frederick of Germany
Peter the Hermit Preaching the Crusade
The Departure from Aigues Mortes
Siege of Ptolemais I
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