On the road: 1872

Gustave Doré

On the road: 1872
3 0 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 17cm

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An illustration showing people journeying to the Derby, from 'London: a Pilgrimage' by Blanchard Jerrold and Gustave Doré, 1872. Jerrold describes the crowd, comparing them to characters from the novels of Charles Dickens, including: 'All the company of Pickwick -Sam Weller and his father... Mr Pickwick benevolent and bibulous, Jingle on the top of many a coach and omnibus'. In addition 'Barkiss is as willing as ever, planted delightedly next a buxom country wench, and threading his way through the tangle of vehicles, with a cheery and prosperous audacity.' Meanwhile, 'few if any notice the solemn man who carries aloft a board, on which the wicked are warned to repent in time'.

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