Friday, December 21, 2007

Tony Johannot - Le Voyage où il vous plaira

"Tony Johannot: France's foremost illustrator of the 1840's, Tony Johannot was also a fine etcher and painter. He first exhibited his art at the Paris Salon of 1827 and he received Exposition medals in both 1831 and 1848. Tony Johannot was also decorated by the government of France in 1840. In total Tony Johannot illustrated over one hundred books, including classic works by Cervantes, Moliere and Goethe."

Below I've posted my favorite images from the book "de Voyage où il vous plaira" which loosely translates to "Travel Where You Like" published in 1843. You can see the entire thing on display in this collection.

1 comment:

calpurnio pison said...

this work is mentioned in the scary story named "What was it?", by fitz james o'brien. He said:

"(...) Its face surpassed in hideousness anything I had ever seen. Gustave Doré, or Callot, or Tony Johannot, never conceived anything so horrible. There is a face in one of the latter’s illustrations to “Un Voyage où il vous plaira,” which somewhat approaches the countenance of this creature, but does not equal it. It was the physiognomy of what I should have fancied a ghoul to be. It looked as if it was capable of feeding on human flesh."

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