Gustave Doré

"And never a saint took pity": Illustration to Coleridge's "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"

1875
After the Ancient Mariner’s encounter with a ghost-ship and its two-person crew of Death and Life-in-Death, who are playing a game of dice, the cursed sailor finds himself alone: the other two hundred men on board his vessel have all died. Here, as well as the piled corpses, Doré has shown their shrouded souls rising to the heavens. Coleridge’s poem first appeared in Lyric Ballads (1798), which also included works by William Wordsworth. Although not especially well received in its day, the collection is now considered to have marked the beginning of British Romanticism.
Title
"And never a saint took pity": Illustration to Coleridge's "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"
Date
1875
Medium
Drawing
Materials
black and brown ink with opaque white over graphite on beige wove paper
Dimensions
50.9 x 39.5 cm
Nationality
French
Credit line
Purchased 2014
Accession number
46306