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L'Illustration, a Weekly Newspaper

L'Illustration, a weekly newspaper

L’Illustration was a French weekly newspaper created just one year after the Illustrated London News, from which its publishers drew some of their inspiration. It met with great success throughout the remainder of the nineteenth... Read more

The Ingoldsby Legends

The Ingoldsby Legends

A work illustrated by Cruikshank, Leech, and Tenniel, even if it had no intrinsic merits of its own, would stand a very fair chance of immortality; but when the three great artists combine simply to embellish what would otherwise live as long as... Read more

Jean Gigoux on Gil Blas

Jean Gigoux on Gil Blas

Histoire de Gil Blas de Santillane wasn't the first illustrated French book of the Romantic era. To name only two, Légendes, ballades et fabliaux by Bahour-Lormian (1829), Nodier's Histoire du roi de Bohême et de ses sept... Read more

On L'Artiste


When Jules Janin wrote in L'Artiste itself the history of L'Artiste, he gave a pompous account of magazine contributors with exclamations, enthusiasm, emotion, sighs and tears for each of them. He also insisted especially... Read more

Aventures de Robert-Robert

Les Aventures de Robert-Robert

Aventures de Robert-Robert et de son fidèle compagnon Toussaint Lavenette (Adventures of Robert-Robert and of his faithful companion Toussaint Lavenette) was written by Louis Desnoyers (1802-1868) and first published, as it seems, in 1839... Read more

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