Gustave Dore, 1877.
© NMeM / Kodak Collection / Science & Society
A photographic portrait of Gustave Dore [1832-1883] taken by Samuel Robert Lock [1822-1881] and George Carpe Whitfield, in 1877. A French painter and illustrator, Dore illustrated the works of Lord Byron; Cervantes' 'Don Quixote'; Dante's 'Divine Comedy'; the new English Bible; Milton's 'Paradise Lost' and Coleridges' 'Rime of the Ancient Mariner'. This Woodburytype is from 'Men of Mark', a series of books about prominent men of the time, published between 1876 and 1883. A brief biographical esay by Thompson Cooper accompanies each portrait. The Woodburytype was a photomechanical proces patented in 1864 by Walter Bentley Woodbury (1834-1885). It produced high-quality images used for book illustration and remained popular until about 1900.