Saturday, 17 April 2010

"Pilgrim's Progress" by John Bunyan, Published by Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington, London 1883 (Illustrated by Gordon Browne)

No, these are not the creations by our outgoing(hopefully) Prime Minister, dark as they are! This is the work of Gordon Browne(1858-1932) - with an "e". This book includes an amazing number of illustrations - 140! - these are only some of the striking characters portrayed. They are so well observed and detailed, convaying the darker aspects of human nature while being quite humorous as well(to me anyway). The deep, dramatic tones remind me of Rembrandt's engravings and the expressions on the faces and postures must have drawn some influence from Blake's work.

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