A Poor House, 1869, by Gustave Doré, prolific French illustrator and painter, 1832-1883.
Doré was accused of inventing scenes, but the wretched interior echoes contemporary engravings of London’s lowliest lodging houses and long-suffering clientele. Copyright and commentary by the Museum of London and supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation.
This painting also appeared on thorsteinulf on Tumblr.
Illustration by Charles Altamont Doyle, Scottish-born British artist, 1832-1893, for his son, Arthur Conan Doyle’s first Sherlock Holmes story, A Study in Scarlet. This illustration appeared in the first edition of Arthur Conan’s book.
C.A. Doyle suffered from depression and alcoholism and developed epileptic seizures for which there was no medicine and no cure. He died of a severe seizure in 1893.
The Devil upon Two Sticks, exhibited 1844 oil on canvas by Augustus Leopold Egg, British, 1816-1863.
This Spanish satire about the follies and vices of men was writtn by A.R. LeSage. Tate Britain.
Patricio, seated, spent his day chasing the two women and wanting to seduce Luisita, standing at the right. He studies the expensive bill and the women give him the slip. Patricio, ashamed of being fooled, returns home — to his wife.
Charles le Brun c. 1685
Fall of the Rebel Angels
(Note: Le Brun,1619-1690, was a French painter and art theorist dominate in 17th century. This oil on canvas is in the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Dijon, Dijon, France. — shadesandshadows)
The Woman in White, gouache on paper, a life-sized poster illustration by Frederick Walker for Wilkie Collins’s play from his novel.
Walker, 1840-1875, was British and this is one of the first examples of a fine artist undertaking advertising. The play opened at the Olympic Theater in London in October 1871. A woodcut of the same image may be found on shadesandshadows.
Book of Job in Die Bucher Der Bibel (Books of the Bible), 1912, by Ephraim Moses Lilien, Jewish, 1874-1925.
Lilien was an art nouveau illustrator and printmaker. He is sometimes called the “first Zionist artist.”
The scene depicts a Dybbuk which, in Yiddish folklore, is an evil spirit which clings to a person. The story has a long history of two men who vow to marry their children together. When the vow is broken, it unleashes a curse and leads to spirit possession of the young woman.
The Dybbuk became a rare Yiddish cinema ghost story and, sadly, most of the cast died in Nazi death camps. The 1937 film was by Polish writer Michael Waszynski.
The Mourning of Pallas by French artist Anne-Louis Girodet Trioson, 1767-1824.
The illustration is in pen and brown ink brush with gray and brown wash heightened with white. It is for Book Eleven of The Aeneid and features Aeneas and Lulus mourning Pallas who was killed by the Trojans in battle.
Acoetës, who had warned of the Trojan Horse, leans over Pallas in mourning while Aeneas comforts Pallas’s son Lulus.
The illustration is in the Elisha Whittlelsey Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, New York, USA.
The Plague in Rome also called Blessing the City, 1869, oil on canvas by Jules-Élie Delauney, French academic painter, 1828-1891.
Delauney painted frescoes at the church of St. Nicholas at Nantes, panels of Apollo, Orpheus and Amphion at the Paris Opera House and 12 paintings for the Council of State at the Palais Royal. His greatest popularity came with the painting above and with his portraits.
At the Sick Man’s Door, pencil, watercolor and bodycolor with gum arabic, by Frederick Walker, British, 1840-1875.
Illustration for William Makepeace Thackeray’s serialized novel, Phillip on His Way Through the World, in The Cornhill Magazine, London, 1861-1862. Thackeray did a few illustrations himself, but soon took Walker as his protegé. Walker created woodcuts and full page watercolor illustrations for the story.