The Ancient Mariner illustrations by Gustave Doré

Book/Illustration/Image

Description

English

The illustrations of Gustave Doré (1832–83) were very popular during the Victorian period. But some criticised his ‘confusion over the relation between morality and artistic taste’ (W H Herendeen, Victorian Studies, Vol. 25, No. 3, Spring 1982). Herendeen continued, 

For Doré all the conventions of popular Victorian art – fantasy, romance, satire, the medieval and Gothic, the literary and grotesque – are engrossed with the immediacy of evil, the inescapability of the physical, and the disengagement of morbid humour.

Published in Leipzig, Germany, 80 years after the first publication of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, this edition indicates how Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s work had become a classic of European literature.

Full title
Der alte Matrose
Published
1877 , Leipzig, Germany
Format
Book / Illustration / Image
Creator
Gustave Doré [illustrator] , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Held by
British Library
Usage Terms
Free from known copyright restrictions
Shelfmark
1875.b.5.

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