Lot 134: ANTIQUE 1873 Harper's Weekly Gustave Dore Illustrations

The Book Barn

December 1, 2016
Edgewater, FL, US

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Description: Antique 1873 Woodblock Gustave Dore Illustrations From the Supplement of Harper’s Weekly. It is suitable for framing. It comes from the February 22, 1873 Issue of Harper's Weekly. The image is one that was first published in, London: A Pilgrimage, and was published in 1872. It enjoyed commercial and popular success, but the work was disliked by many contemporary critics who complained about with the fact that Doré appeared to focus on the poverty that existed in parts of London. These images large and small, illustrate the truth of this criticism, but are also the truth of what Dore, the artist, actually saw in the London of that day. The Image is Titled: "OPIUM SMOKING—THE LASCAR’S ROOM IN EDWIN DROOD." The text beneath the woodblock & on the verso, gives a picture of life in London’s notorious Whitechapel District one of the poorest parts of London in the late 19th century. 15 years later the famous "Jack The Ripper" murders would terrify Whitechapel & galvanize the world’s attention. Whitechapel conditions hadn’t improved any by Jack’s time & the Ripper Murders, which were never solved, still capture the imaginations of numerous true crime fans & writers. Interspersed with the text on the verso are four smaller Dore woodblock illustrations. The large image measures approximately 9 inches high X 7 1/2 inches wide plus borders. Edges show light handling marks/one very short closed tear/wrinkling at top margin, all of which will be covered by the mat when framed. Paper is lightly age toned/with a couple of small foxing spots; but is not brittle. Image(s) are plate signed in lower left corner; "G DORE," with engravers’s name in right corner. Overall the piece is Good plus. Paul Gustave Louis Christophe Doré (1832-1883) was a French artist, printmaker, illustrator, & sculptor. Doré worked primarily with wood engraving techniques. Blanchard Jerrold in 1869, suggested that he & Dore work together to produce a comprehensive portrait of London. The completed book, London: A Pilgrimage, with 180 engravings, was published in 1872. It enjoyed commercial and popular success, but the work was disliked by many contemporary critics. Some of these critics were concerned with the fact that Doré appeared to focus on the poverty that existed in parts of London. The book was a financial success, however, and Doré received many commissions from other British publishers. ALL ITEMS ARE GUARANTEED TO BE ACCURATELY DESCRIBED, NOT DEFECTIVE, & GENUINE. PLEASE NOTE: We do all our own shipping. We will combine shipping on multiple items, where possible to save the wining bidder on shipping costs. Shipping will be added to winning bidder's invoice for item(s) won. Media Mail postage from USPS will be used for shipping in the United States for those items allowed. Lowest alternative cost shipping will be billed for items not allowed by USPS to be shipped by Media Mail. Foreign winning bidders will pay postage based on their countries small/medium/large Flat Rate box postage rates & weight of the package. Other types of postage are available at added expense at the bidders request. You also agree to pay any applicable taxes and/or customs/import duties. A Tracking Number will be provided to buyer. Insurance is mandatory on packages over $100 USD and will be added to postage charges when applicable.
Condition Report: Good Plus Condition
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