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Original 9 5/8 inch x 7 5/8 inch Engraving titled SAMSON DESTROYING THE PHILISTINES WITH THE JAW-BONE OF AN ASS.

”The illustration which M. Doré has founded on this narrative is one of the greatest things he has done. The landscape is magnificent in its space and barren grandeur, seen from afar; and the rout of tumbling and terror-struck figures, countless in number, and seething with clamorous movement over the edge of the cliff, and above the cliff into the dimmest distance, is truly wonderful for its multiplicity of action and turmoil of vitality.”

Illustration by Gustave Doré (1832 – 1883). The most popular and successful French book illustrator of the middle of the 19th century. Doré became widely known for his illustrations to such books as Danté’s Inferno (1861), Don Quixote (1862), and the Bible (1866), and he helped to give European currency to the illustrated book of large format. He was so prolific that at one time he employed more than forty wood engravers. His work is characterized by an eclectic mix of Michelangelesque nudes, northern traditions of sublime landscape, and a highly spirited love of the grotesque and bizarre.

Engraved by Henri Théophile Hildebrand (1824 – 1897). Hildibrand was close to the engraver François Pannemaker working with him in his early days. He became one of the best engravers of Gustave Doré and was a virtuoso of the “wood of colour” (or “engraving of colour”).

From Doré’s illustrated edition of the Bible 1866.

This edition from Cassell’s ‘Doré Gallery’ published in 1885.

Page size 12 1/4 inch x 9 1/8 inch

The engraving is in very good condition. Reverse side blank.

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