|Illustration No.||1  |
|Illustrator||Paul Gustave Louis Christophe Doré|
|Engraver||Héliodore Joseph Pisan|
|Title Supplied||Don Quixote at his library|
|Part||Part I, Madrid 1605|
1.1 DQ at his library reading chivalric novels
Wood engraving or Xylography
|Color||Black and white|
|Image Dimension||127 x 189|
|Page Dimension||433 x 313|
|Commentary||While don Alonso Quijano sleeps at his library, the characters of his chivalry novels (knights, maidens, dragons and other beasts...) fill the room, fighting among them, begging to Alonso Quijano...
Excellent drawing and engraving.
|Notes||"The artist has travelled beyond his author, and has fallen into errors which Cervantes would have deprecated. He becomes fantastic, grotesque, at times almost supernatural, depicting those extravagances which it was the writer's object to combat and destroy. The tranquil, thoughtful humour and gentle satire of Cervantes are lost in the artist's desire to produce striking effect, difficult attitudes, telling situations. The illustrations are in fact Doré, not Cervantes" (A247).|