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Portrait of the Artist's Brother
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Portrait of the Artist's Brother

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Description Doré worked as a painter, illustrator, and sculptor, but his international reputation rests mainly on his illustrations for such popular publications as Dante's "Divine Comedy" (1861-68), Milton's "Paradise Lost" (1863), and Edgar Allen Poe's "The Raven" (1883). Here, he depicts his brother Émile, who was a colonel in the French artillery. A visit to London in 1868 may have resulted in Doré's decision to use delicate washes in the manner of the British watercolorists rather than opaque colors.
Date Description Narrative
1/01/2002Examinationexamined for exhibition
  • Expanding Horizons: Recent Additions to the Drawings Collection. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2010.
Provenance Hal O'Nians Fine Art Dealer, London [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Joseph F. McCrindle (1923-2008), New York, June 19, 1964, by purchase, #A1327; Joseph F. McCrindle Foundation, New York, 2008, by bequest; Walters Art Museum, 2009, by gift.
Inscriptions [Signature] on reverse, top left: G. Doré - Portrait de son frere [Transcription] Top right: mnoo; Bottom right: aquarelle originale par Gustave Doré Pencil notation: 35/209B
Credit Gift of the Joseph F. McCrindle Collection, 2009

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watercolor on laid beige paper with watermark, adhered by the edges to the face of a French mat
(Painting & Drawing)
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H: 21 x W: 14 1/2 in. (53.34 x 36.83 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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