Oberon: And make him with fair Ægle break his faith.
William Heath Robinson, frontispiece from A midsummer-night’s dream, by William Shakespeare, New York, 1914.
Adolphe Lalauze, frontispiece from Arlequin—Pluton, by Thomas-Simon Gueullette, Paris, 1879.
The ransack of the castle (Quentin Durward).
Alexandre Desenne, from Œuvres complètes de Walter Scott (The complete works of Walter Scott) vol. 56, Paris, 1826.
Alexandre Desenne was a typical Restoration (1814-1830) illustrator. He fills the gap between Moreau le Jeune, foremost among illustrators of the previous era, and fully-fledged Romantics, such as Achille Devéria or Tony Johannot (the engraver for this illustration). He was the first illustrator of Lamartine’s Les Méditations, and besides working on series of complete works, of which publishers of the time were still fond (Molière, Racine…), he illustrated Etienne de Jouy’s L’Hermite de la Chaussée d’Antin and its sequels, which is considered as his masterpiece. For the Complete Works of Walter Scott he was said to have tried to imitate the “English manner.”
Richard Doyle, frontispiece from The king of the Golden river, by John Ruskin, Boston, 1885.
Edmond Morin, frontispiece from Le bibliophile amoureux (The bibliophile in love), by Alexis Martin, Paris, 1866.
Alone, alone, all, all alone
Alone on a wide wide sea!
Gerald Metcalfe, frontispiece from Poems, by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, London, 1907.
Frontispiece to Goethe’s Faust illustrated by Eugène Delacroix.
Achille Devéria, From Les monstres dans l’art (Monsters in art), by Edmond Valton, Paris, 1905.
(This artwork is sometimes - in this book, for instance - mistakenly attributed to Delacroix. It was initially used on the front cover of the copies of Faust sold without binding, and is not part of the series of illustrations created by Delacroix.)