Flower Sellers

Louis Christope Paul Gustave Doréc. 1875

National Museums Liverpool

National Museums Liverpool
United Kingdom

Doré made his name in France in the 1850s and 1860s as an illustrator of books and poems. His paintings were admired more in Britain, which he first visited in 1868, returning each summer thereafter. His greatest achievement as an illustrator was his book, 'London: A Pilgrimage' (1872). Its illustrations highlighted the gulf between high society and the grim life of the poor in the capital city.

Doré's biographer stated that he "was touched by the sad beauty to be found in poor street flower sellers", a sympathy that is explored in this painting.


  • Title: Flower Sellers
  • Creator: Louis Christope Paul Gustave Doré
  • Creator Lifespan: 1832/1883
  • Date Created: c. 1875
  • Physical Dimensions: 221 cm x 134.6
  • Rights: Presented to the Walker Art Gallery by Henry Thompson in 1880
  • Medium: Oil; Canvas

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