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Doré's London: All 180 Illustrations from London, A Pilgrimage (Dover Fine Art, History of Art) Paperback – February 5, 2004
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London in the middle of the 1800s was a subject sketched endlessly by artists, studied by social reformers, and discussed by writers. This comprehensive collection of drawings by Gustave Doré, France's most celebrated graphic artist of the period, presents all 180 drawings from the artist's 1872 classic presentation, London, A Pilgrimage.
A panoramic portrait of that engrossing city, the collection ranges from images of fashionable ladies riding in a sunlit park to ragged wretches in a shadowy side street. Here are remarkably perceptive sketches of workaday London, busy marketplaces, the Christy Minstrels, a waterman's family, thieves gambling, the Devils' Acre in Westminster, flower girls, waifs and strays, a wedding at the Abbey, provincials in search of lodgings, a garden party, prisoners in the Newgate exercise yard (a scene that so greatly impressed Vincent van Gogh that he copied it in a painting), stalls at Covent Garden Opera House, and many other scenes that capture London of bygone era.
Taken from a volume that is widely regarded as the illustrator's greatest single work, the drawings in this collection will delight Doré admirers and anyone fascinated by the many aspects of Victorian London.
Dover (2004) original publication.
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I purchased this believing it would be like several other books I have for Kindle where there is an essential option to magnify the images as much or as little as you like.
For some reason this option does not exist with this edition. So you are stuck with tiny little images that even on a 24 inch screen are useless to own. What is the point of a book of engravings if you cannot inspect them up close. If I could be bothered I would ask for my money back, but I shall keep it to remind me to be far more careful in future. The British library online has a selection of these illustrations that you can view in all their glory and enhance to see all the detail. this is how these Kindle editions should be.
But Dore loved London. He loved its bustle, its vigour, the life of it all. He relished the juxtaposition and interactions of the different classes at the great `days out' like Derby Day on the Epsom Downs or the Varsity boat race on the river. He relished the grandeur of the big occasion in Westminster Abbey, with the choir like shades of the underworld or dimly lit angels, dwarfed by the architecture. London Bridge, Ludgate Hill and Piccadilly are crammed with traffic and people to create jams as gridlocked as anything you'd find today. Occasionally a Romantic streak creeps in with Whittington waiting above his destiny on Highgate Hill or the Arcadian dream of `London under Green Leaves'. But it is the honesty of his portrayals of the underclasses, their slums and their dark, narrow, foggy streets that stick in the memory. This is the London of Mayhew and Dickens - witness the magical depiction of the opium den from `Edwin Drood' with its cherubically beaming, under-lit lascar.
Throughout these 180 black-and-white illustrations one senses the honesty of the vision as well as the skill and artistry of one of the most talented graphic artists of his generation. Here, one feels, is as true a depiction of mid-Victorian London in all its guises as one could ever find in Dickens or Mayhew.
around 1870 are a revelation.
The slum scenes give an intense feeling
of the over crowding and squalor of the period.
One complaint- and the same one for the other Dore
illustrations by the same printer- could have been
on a better paper.
The paper feels very smooth and there is no real
depth in the black - so there seems to be too
Still the genius of the man bowls you over.
Edizione economica classica della Dover, perfetta riproduzione delle tavole.
It would be nice to see this collection published on paper that does it justice.