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London: a pilgrimage was a collaboration between the journalist Blanchard Jerrold and his friend, Gustave Doré. Initially conceived as a 'Pilgrimage through the Great World of London', starting with the pilgrims' arrival in England , the project evolved into representative scenes of 'the extremes of London life'. Now seen as a classic work, Doré's atmospheric depictions of the London poor are regularly used as illustrations of London life even though Doré relied heavily on his memory when working up his sketches back in his Paris studio. Originally published as partworks, the volume appeared in 1872. This copy is dedicated to 'W.C. Watson Esq. With the Publisher's compliments, June 1874'.
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