Paul Gustave Louis Christophe Doré born January 6 1832 – died January 23 1883, was a French artist, printmaker, illustrator and sculptor who worked primarily with wood engravings.
Doré began his career working as a caricaturist for the French paper Le Journal pour rire,and then went on to win commissions to depict scenes from books by Cervantes, Rabelais, Balzac, Milton and Dante.
In 1853, Doré was asked to illustrate the works of Lord Byron. This commission was 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.
Doré’s illustrations for the Bible (1866) were a great success. In 1867 Doré had a major exhibition of his work in London. This exhibition led to the foundation of the Doré Gallery in Bond Street, London. In 1869, Blanchard Jerrold, the son of Douglas William Jerrold, suggested that they work together to produce a comprehensive portrait of London.
A Pilgrimage, with 180 engravings, was published in 1872.The book was a financial success, and Doré received commissions from other British publishers.
Doré’s 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 The Illustrated London News.