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.