Gustave Doré stayed in London intermittently between the years of 1868 and 1873. During this time he made studies of flower girls by the Royal Exchange, painting them paradoxically with French baskets. Doré’s biographer stated that he “was touched by the sad beauty to be found in poor street flower sellers”, a sympathy that can perhaps be felt in this painting. Doré’s works highlighted the gulf between high society and the grim life of the poor in the capital city.


  • Title: Flower Sellers of London
  • Creator: Gustave Doré
  • Date Created: About 1875
  • tag / style: Gustave Doré; flower sellers; poverty; Royal Exchange, London; children; basket; flowers; sad; poor; barefoot
  • subject: Royal exchange, London
  • Physical Dimensions: w1346 x h2210 cm (Without frame)
  • Artist biographical information: 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 'London: A Pilgrimage'(1872). To read an extended feature on the artist and this painting please visit: <a href="http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/walker/collections/19c/dore.aspx">www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/walker/collections/19c/dore.aspx</a>
  • Additional artwork information: To learn more about the Walker Art Gallery's 19th-century collections, please follow this link: http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/walker/collections/19c/index2.aspx
  • Type: Oil on canvas
  • Rights: Presented by Henry Thompson in 1880

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