Warehousing in the City

Drawing
1869-72 (painted)
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Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This is the original drawing for an illustration facing page fourteen of Doré's famous volume London: A Pilgrimage, first published by Grant & Co. in 1872, with text by Blanchard Jerrold. Doré, based in Paris, had a five-year contract with the publishers, to visit London for three months a year and make 250 illustrations for an amazing annual salary of £10,000. London dealt with all aspects of the city: its inhabitants, their pleasures and vices, its buildings and events, its high society, workers and derelicts. Doré's images are not so much strictly documentary - although they tell us a great deal about nineteenth-century London - as highly imaginative.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Pen and ink wash with chinese white
Brief Description
Gustave Doré. Warehousing in the City. Pen and ink, chinese white and wash. London workmen. London. Made 1869-72, published 1872.
Physical Description
Pen and ink illustration with wash and chinese white showing London workmen.
Dimensions
  • Height: 14.25in
  • Width: 10.25in
Marks and Inscriptions
G. Doré
Credit line
Given by E. Peter Jones
Subject depicted
Place Depicted
Summary
This is the original drawing for an illustration facing page fourteen of Doré's famous volume London: A Pilgrimage, first published by Grant & Co. in 1872, with text by Blanchard Jerrold. Doré, based in Paris, had a five-year contract with the publishers, to visit London for three months a year and make 250 illustrations for an amazing annual salary of £10,000. London dealt with all aspects of the city: its inhabitants, their pleasures and vices, its buildings and events, its high society, workers and derelicts. Doré's images are not so much strictly documentary - although they tell us a great deal about nineteenth-century London - as highly imaginative.
Bibliographic References
  • Philippe Kaenel, 'Doré: L'imaginaire au pouvoir', Musée d'Orsay, Flammarion, Museé des beaux-arts du Canada, p.145 illus.
  • Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1925, London: Board of Education, 1926.
Collection
Accession Number
E.1177-1925

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record createdDecember 15, 1999
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