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The Author Collection

In this captivating collection of portraits, we catch a glimpse into the world of "the author

Background imageThe Author Collection: Miss Havisham (engraving)

Miss Havisham (engraving)
1000751 Miss Havisham (engraving) by Furniss, Harry (1854-1925); Private Collection; (add.info.: Illustration by Harry Furniss for the Charles Dickens novel Great Expectations)

Background imageThe Author Collection: Dante and Virgil in Inferno, crossing the cocytus, 1885 (engraving)

Dante and Virgil in Inferno, crossing the cocytus, 1885 (engraving)
XEE746645 Dante and Virgil in Inferno, crossing the cocytus, 1885 (engraving) by Dore, Gustave (1832-83); Private Collection; (add.info.: Inferno)

Background imageThe Author Collection: The Honourable Mrs. Caroline Norton and her Sisters, c. 1847 (oil on canvas)

The Honourable Mrs. Caroline Norton and her Sisters, c. 1847 (oil on canvas)
MAN430854 The Honourable Mrs. Caroline Norton and her Sisters, c.1847 (oil on canvas) by Etty, William (1787-1849); Manchester Art Gallery, UK; (add.info.: Caroline Elizabeth Sarah Norton (1808-77)

Background imageThe Author Collection: Thomas Day (oil on canvas)

Thomas Day (oil on canvas)
701604 Thomas Day (oil on canvas) by Wright of Derby, Joseph (1734-97); Manchester Art Gallery, UK; (add.info.: Thomas Day (22 June 1748 - 28 September 1789) was a British author and abolitionist

Background imageThe Author Collection: Albert Einstein and Rabindranath Tagore, Berlin, 1930 (b/w photo)

Albert Einstein and Rabindranath Tagore, Berlin, 1930 (b/w photo)
1700702 Albert Einstein and Rabindranath Tagore, Berlin, 1930 (b/w photo) by Unknown photographer, (20th century); (add.info)

Background imageThe Author Collection: Representation of Don Quixote in his library surrounded by the creatures of his books Engraving by

Representation of Don Quixote in his library surrounded by the creatures of his books Engraving by Gustave Dore
ELD4869231 Representation of Don Quixote in his library surrounded by the creatures of his books Engraving by Gustave Dore (1832-1883)

Background imageThe Author Collection: LEON TOLSTOI LABOURANT, 1887 (oil on cardboard)

LEON TOLSTOI LABOURANT, 1887 (oil on cardboard)
7215383 LEON TOLSTOI LABOURANT, 1887 (oil on cardboard) by Repin, Ilya Efimovich (1844-1930); Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia; (add.info.: 1887//Oil on cardboard At Iasnaya Polyana in August 1887)

Background imageThe Author Collection: Victor Hugo - illustration

Victor Hugo - illustration
3773122 Victor Hugo - illustration; (add.info.: Victor Hugo-illustration for the French poet and novelists play, Torquemada'. 26 February 1802-22 May 1885. Spanish Inquisition.); Lebrecht Authors

Background imageThe Author Collection: Paul Valery (1871-1945) his wife Jeannie Gobillard (1877-1970) and their child, 1904 (b/w photo)

Paul Valery (1871-1945) his wife Jeannie Gobillard (1877-1970) and their child, 1904 (b/w photo)
MMT207771 Paul Valery (1871-1945) his wife Jeannie Gobillard (1877-1970) and their child, 1904 (b/w photo) by French Photographer, (20th century); Musee Marmottan Monet, Paris, France

Background imageThe Author Collection: Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens

Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens
3765421 Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens; (add.info.: Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens. Caption reads: How the accomplished gentleman spent the evening in the midst of a dazzling)

Background imageThe Author Collection: Rare Kate Blake and her William (litho)

Rare Kate Blake and her William (litho)
976597 Rare Kate Blake and her William (litho) by Skinner, Edward Frederick (1865-1924); Private Collection; (add.info.: Rare Kate Blake and her William)

Background imageThe Author Collection: Lewis Carroll, portrait

Lewis Carroll, portrait
3789609 Lewis Carroll, portrait; (add.info.: Lewis Carroll, portrait. British author: b. January 1832 - d. January 1898 Cassell's History of England, Vol. IX)

Background imageThe Author Collection: Edward VII and Mark Twain

Edward VII and Mark Twain
3789362 Edward VII and Mark Twain; (add.info.: Edward VII and Mark Twain - meeting at garden party at Windsor in 1907. EVII)

Background imageThe Author Collection: Death of Sir Philip Sidney

Death of Sir Philip Sidney
3789868 Death of Sir Philip Sidney; (add.info.: Death of Sir Philip Sidney. Fatally wounded by a musket shot at the Battle of Zutphen in the Netherlands, Sidney later died of gangrene)

Background imageThe Author Collection: Portrait of the marquis Gino Capponi

Portrait of the marquis Gino Capponi
3566151 Portrait of the marquis Gino Capponi by Unknown photographer, (19th century); (add.info.: 1865 ca. Photographer: Unidentified Author); Alinari Archives, Florence

Background imageThe Author Collection: Scene from 'Les animaux peints par eux-memes - Vie privee et publique des animaux' written by Balzac

Scene from "Les animaux peints par eux-memes - Vie privee et publique des animaux" written by Balzac
PCT4269785 Scene from "Les animaux peints par eux-memes - Vie privee et publique des animaux" written by Balzac

Background imageThe Author Collection: Alexandre Dumas and Adda Mellen

Alexandre Dumas and Adda Mellen
3567137 Alexandre Dumas and Adda Mellen by Unknown photographer, (19th century); (add.info.: France 1865 ca. Photographer: Unidentified Author); Alinari Archives, Florence

Background imageThe Author Collection: Breton wedding in Paimpolais illustration for the novel by Pierre Loti, 1924 (engraving)

Breton wedding in Paimpolais illustration for the novel by Pierre Loti, 1924 (engraving)
PCT4271711 Breton wedding in Paimpolais illustration for the novel by Pierre Loti, 1924 (engraving) by Rudaux, Edmond Adolphe (1840-1914); (add.info.: Icelandic fisherman, novel by Pierre Loti)

Background imageThe Author Collection: Two Eves and an apple tree, 1928 - Bible

Two Eves and an apple tree, 1928 - Bible
3782463 Two Eves and an apple tree, 1928 - Bible; (add.info.: Two Eves and an apple tree, 1928. Taken from The Bookman, vol)

Background imageThe Author Collection: Robert Southey - British

Robert Southey - British
3769189 Robert Southey - British; (add.info.: Robert Southey-British poet and writer. Friend of Coleridge. Poet Laureate. 1774-1843.); Lebrecht Authors

Background imageThe Author Collection: William Gifford

William Gifford
3789960 William Gifford; (add.info.: William Gifford. English critic, editor and poet, famous as a satirist and controversialist. Engraving by Edward Franics Finden after drawing by W.H.Watts. W.G)

Background imageThe Author Collection: The fame that came from a cobbler's shop (litho)

The fame that came from a cobbler's shop (litho)
976608 The fame that came from a cobbler's shop (litho) by Skinner, Edward Frederick (1865-1924); Private Collection; (add.info.: The fame that came from a cobbler's shop)

Background imageThe Author Collection: Albert Wolff in His Study, 1881 (oil on panel)

Albert Wolff in His Study, 1881 (oil on panel)
XOS5884373 Albert Wolff in His Study, 1881 (oil on panel) by Bastien-Lepage, Jules (1848-84); 32x27 cm; Cleveland Museum of Art, OH

Background imageThe Author Collection: Ivanhoe - picture of

Ivanhoe - picture of
3771213 Ivanhoe - picture of; (add.info.: Ivanhoe-picture of a scene from the book by Sir Walter Scott of the disinherited knight collapsing after receiving from Rowena the Wreath of Chilvary)

Background imageThe Author Collection: Walter Scott

Walter Scott
3789937 Walter Scott; (add.info.: Walter Scott. Scottish historical novelist, playwright, and poet. Engraving by William Finden 1787 - 20 September 1852. W. S)

Background imageThe Author Collection: Gustave Le Rouge, c.1899 (engraved wood)

Gustave Le Rouge, c.1899 (engraved wood)
8615287 Gustave Le Rouge, c.1899 (engraved wood) by Lambert, Maurice Walter Edmond de (1873-1952); (add.info.: The French writer Gustave Lerouge)



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In this captivating collection of portraits, we catch a glimpse into the world of "the author. " From the intellectual brilliance of Albert Einstein to the poetic genius of Rabindranath Tagore, these photographs transport us back to Berlin in 1930. The black and white photo captures their deep connection and shared pursuit of knowledge. Moving on to Lytton Strachey's oil painting from 1916, we are introduced to a different side of "the author. " With bold brushstrokes and vibrant colors, Strachey brings his subject to life. Emily Bronte's portrait follows suit, painted with delicate strokes that reveal her enigmatic spirit, and is as if we can almost hear the words she penned in Wuthering Heights. Frederick Lemaitre's lithograph takes us into the realm of theater and drama. The intensity in his eyes hints at the passion he brought to every performance. Meanwhile, William Hogarth's illustrations depict scenes from Don Quixote, showcasing both humor and heroism. Albrecht Durer's etching transports us further back in time, capturing him at the tender age of 26. His youthful determination shines through as he gazes directly at us. RB Cunninghame Graham's oil painting adds a touch of mystery with its intriguing composition. We wonder what stories lie behind those piercing eyes. Little Tom Thumb makes an appearance in a charming print from 1938—a reminder that even small voices can have a big impact on literature. Don Quixote appears once again—this time immortalized for an advertisement for Globeol—an unexpected twist blending fiction with commerce. Finally, Francois Boucher's engraved illustration takes us into Moliere’s world—a whimsical depiction filled with love and longing. The collection concludes with Georges de Porto Riche captured by late 19th-century photography—a moment frozen in time for future generations to admire his contributions as a playwright and poet.