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Drawing - Warehousing in the City
  • Warehousing in the City
    Doré, Gustave, born 1832 - died 1883
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Warehousing in the City

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1869-72 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Doré, Gustave, born 1832 - died 1883 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and ink wash with chinese white

  • Credit Line:

    Given by E. Peter Jones

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case I, shelf 116

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.

Physical description

Pen and ink illustration with wash and chinese white showing London workmen.

Place of Origin

London (made)


1869-72 (painted)


Doré, Gustave, born 1832 - died 1883 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink wash with chinese white

Marks and inscriptions

G. Doré


Height: 14.25 in, Width: 10.25 in

Descriptive line

Gustave Doré. Warehousing in the City. Pen and ink, chinese white and wash. London workmen. London. Made 1869-72, published 1872.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

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.


Pen and ink; Wash; Kaolinite


Drawing; Wash technique

Subjects depicted



Drawings; Illustration


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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