Gustave Doré (1832-1883) was born in Strasbourg and at age five he was already creating accomplished drawings. When he turned 12 he began to carve in stone. His first illustrated story was published at the age of fifteen.
Doré began work as a literary illustrator in Paris and his commissions include works by Rabelais, Balzac, Milton and Dante. In 1853 Doré was asked to illustrate the works of Lord Byron. This commission was followed by additional work for British publishers, including a new illustrated English Bible.
In 1863, Doré illustrated a French edition of Cervantes's Don Quixote, and his illustrations of the knight and his squire Sancho Panza have become so familiar that they have influenced subsequent readers, artists, and stage and film directors' ideas of the physical "look" of the two characters.
Doré also illustrated an oversized edition of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven".
Later works by Dore include Coleridge's “Rime of the Ancient Mariner”, Milton's “Paradise Lost”, Tennyson's “The Idylls of the King”, and “The Divine Comedy”.
Check out the Dore watercolor in our collection.