Gustave Doré

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Gustave Doré
Sancho Kneels Before Don Quixote
ca. 1870
Pen and brown ink on paper.
4 7/16 x 7 1/16 inches (112 x 181 mm)
Gift of Norman H. Strouse.

Gustave Doré illustrated the 1863 French publication of Cervantes' "L'ingénieux hidalgo don Quichotte de la Manche," published in Paris by Librairie de L. Hachette et Cie. His designs were engraved by Héliodore Joseph Pisan. The same plates were used for an English translation from 1870, "The History of Don Quixote," published in London by Cassell, Petter, and Galpin. The English edition, with its vivid illustrations by Doré, helped popularize Cervantes' tale among British and American audiences.
This episode depicts a passage from Volume 1, Chapter 10. After seeing Don Quixote triumph in a physical altercation with a coachman, his peasant squire Sancho Panza falls to his knees and kisses Don Quixote's hand. Sancho reminds Don Quixote of his promise to grant Sancho an island to rule in return for his squireship. Don Quixote asks him to have patience for future adventures.


Embossed stamp in form of cockleshell lettered "Extra Superfin[e] Satin" at upper left.
Watermark: None

Norman H. Strouse (1906-1993), Saint Helena, Calif.
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Strouse, Norman H., former owner.
Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de, 1547-1616. Don Quixote.


Ryskamp, Charles, ed. Seventeenth Report to the Fellows of the Pierpont Morgan Library, 1972-1974. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1976, p. 160.

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