Monday, 17 November 2008

Excerpts from Gustave Doré's "Sketches"

French illustrator Gustave Doré earned his beginning as a newspaper caricaturist, which was amply reflected in his book Two Hundred Sketches Humorous and Grotesque. Here is another semi-prophetic collection of excerpts from the chapter "Sketches of Paris".

Until the resurrection of the journals takes place, advertisers
will be compelled to seek new methods of publicity.

The Journal pour Rire will continue to extend its influence,
and to penetrate into the most remote solitudes.

Our superfine livery servants, no longer satisfied with
the substantial wages they now demand, will expect
to be waited on by their masters.

Alexandre Dumas will invent a machine of fifty horse power,
by means of which he will manufacture his romances,
without seeing them, or touching them, or thinking of them.


Mr. Lincoln said...

These are great. Thanks for posting these. How about a Charles Dana Gibson post of a similar vein?

Cory Gross said...

Oo, not a bad idea. I'll have to see if I can dig up a goodly amount of material from him.