- Doré, Gustave
- Wood engraving
- Lavieille, Jacques Adrien
- Portrait (taller)
- Old Book Illustrations
- Les contes drolatiques (Doré)
- Balzac, Honoré de
- Paris: Garnier Frères, 1881
- Open Library:
- View record.
A man seems to be declaring his undying love to a woman in an armchair, while another man suddenly appears at a window behind him and splits him in half with a huge sword.
This picture is an illustration for The High Constable’s Wife, from Droll Stories.
The caption reads in the original French:
L’espée des marys est un beau trespas de guallanterie, s’il y ha de beaulx trespas !
The translation provided here is from the edition published in London by the Bibliophilist Society, 1874.
Keywords: 1880s, 19th century, black & white, Contes drolatiques, crime, death, medieval, sword