Paul Gustave Louis Christophe Doré, born in Strasbourg on 6 January 1832, was a French artist, printmaker, illustrator and sculptor. Doré worked primarily with wood engraving. In 1853, Doré was asked to illustrate the works of Lord Byron, followed by additional work for British publishers, including a new illustrated Bible. In 1856, he produced twelve folio-size illustrations of The Legend of The Wandering Jew.
In the 1860s he illustrated a French edition of Cervantes’s Don Quixote, and his depictions of the knight and his squire, Sancho Panza, have become so famous 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”, an endeavour that earned him 30,000 francs from publisher Harper & Brothers in 1883.
Doré’s illustrations for the Bible (1866), used for this coin series, were a great success, and in 1867 Doré had a major exhibition of his work in London. In 1869, Blanchard Jerrold, suggested that they work together to produce a comprehensive portrait of London. The completed book, London: A Pilgrimage, with 180 engravings, was published in 1872. Doré’s later work included illustrations for new editions of Coleridge’s Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Milton’s Paradise Lost, Tennyson’s Idylls of the King, The Works of Thomas Hood, and The Divine Comedy. Doré’s work also appeared in the weekly newspaper The Illustrated London News.
Doré was mainly celebrated for his paintings in his day. His paintings remain world-renowned, but his woodcuts and engravings, like those he did for Jerrold, are where he really excelled as an artist with an individual vision. Doré never married and, following the death of his father in 1849, he continued to live with his mother, illustrating books until his death in Paris on 23 January 1883 following a short illness. The city’s Père Lachaise Cemetery contains his grave. The government of France made him a Chevalier de la Legion d’honneur in 1861. (Source: Wikipedia)
ILLUSTRATIONS FROM DORE’S BIBLE HERE
ILLUSTRATIONS FROM DORE’S OTHER WORKS HERE