Gustav Dore’s Illustrations for John Milton’s Paradise Lost (1866, Cassell & Co)

Gustav Dore (1832 – 1883) was one of the pre-eminent illustrators of the Victorian age. Born in Paris, and working mainly through wooden engraved prints he produced illustrations for everyone from Byron to Edgar Allen Poe. The beautiful prints below depict scene’s in Milton’s Paradise Lost. They may have been from the 50 plates he produced for an 1866 edition of Paradise Lost, or later re-publishings. I picked these up for a song Spitafield’s Market. There were more on sale, and I kick myself to this day for not buying more of them. 

 The Great Conflict in Heaven (p.24) (Click to enlarge)


The Great Conflict in Heaven (p.24)
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 Satan Shown as the Fallen Angel after Having Been Smitten By Michael (no.29)  (Click to enlarge)


Satan Shown as the Fallen Angel after Having Been Smitten By Michael
(no.29)
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 The Mouth of Hell (p.29) (Click to enlarge)


The Mouth of Hell (p.29)
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 Creation of the Fish and Birds (31) (Click to enlarge)


Creation of the Fish and Birds (31)
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 Raphael Departs (p.35) (Click to enlarge)


Raphael Departs (p.35)
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 Satan in Eden (p. 37) (Click to enlarge)


Satan in Eden (p. 37)
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 Illustration of Satan disguised as a Satan (p.39) (Click to enlarge)


Illustration of Satan disguised as a Satan (p.39)
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