Flower Sellers

Louis Christope Paul Gustave Doré, About 1875

WAG 2282

About this object

Doré made his name in France in the 1850s and 1860s as an illustrator of books and poems. His paintings were admired more in Britain, which he first visited in 1868, returning each summer thereafter. His greatest achievement as an illustrator was his book, 'London: A Pilgrimage' (1872). Its illustrations highlighted the gulf between high society and the grim life of the poor in the capital city.

Doré's biographer stated that he "was touched by the sad beauty to be found in poor street flower sellers", a sympathy that can perhaps be felt in this painting.

Object specifics

  • Other title(s)
    Flower Sellers of London
  • Artist(s)
    Louis Christope Paul Gustave Doré (French, born:06? January 1832, died:23 January 1883)
  • Date
    About 1875
  • Materials
    Oil; Canvas
  • Measurements
    canvas/support: 221 cm x 134.6
  • Physical description
    A portrait of five figures, two women and three children, on a pavement at the side of a road. In the centre one woman holds a little girls hand on the left and a baby on the right. On the left another woman is holding a baby with both hands. There is a basket of flowers on the ground between the two women and the lower part of a lamppost can be seen in the upper left corner.
  • Related people
    Louis Christope Paul Gustave Doré (Artist/maker); Henry Thompson (Previous owner)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 2282
  • Credit line
    Presented to the Walker Art Gallery by Henry Thompson in 1880
  • Location
    Walker Art Gallery, Room 07
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections


Previous owners

  • Henry Thompson

    Owned from: 1875
    How acquired: Purchased from the artist
    Owned until: 1880
    Disposal method: Presented to the Walker Art Gallery


Item inscriptions

  • Inscription text: Gve Dore
    Inscription method:
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Front; Lower left
Object view = Fine Art
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