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Gustave Doré

Born: Strasbourg, 6 January 1832
Died: Paris, 23 January 1883
Nationality: French

wealthy family


1847 – hired by Charles Philippon, founder of La Caricature and Le Charivari; produces weekly drawings for Philippon’s Journal pour rire

1850 – exhibits at the Paris Salon

1850s-80s –illustrates Byron’s Complete Works (1853); Dante’s Divine Comedy (1861, 1868); Cervantes’s Don Quixote (1863); Milton’s Paradise Lost (1866); Hugo’s Ancient Songs from a Small Island (1867); and Poe’s The Raven (1883)

1857 – exhibits Battle of Inkerman (Château de Versailles) the Salon; purchased by the State

1865 – illustrated Bible published

1868 – Doré Gallery opens in New Bond Street, London; collaborates with Blanchard Jerrold on London:  A Pilgrimage (1872)

1877 – exhibits sculpture at the Salon

1892 – Doré Gallery closes, works sent to US as travelling exhibition


Scotland, Pyrénées and Alps

Important Artworks: 

Illustrations to Dante’s Inferno, 1861

Illustrations to Dante’s Paradise and Purgatory, 1868