Death of Samson

Gustave Doré, C. Laplante, engraver, Death of Samson. 1866. Engraving, The Holy Bible, London: Cassel, Petter, and Galpin, 1866.

Doré, a prolific and popular illustrator in the later decades of the 19th century, illustrated secular as well as biblical works. Because his fully-illustrated Bibles were heavy and expensive, many of the illustrations were printed to be sold separately or in smaller collections. Doré’s stagings influenced the look of popular early-20th-century American biblical films—most notably those of D. W. Griffith and Cecil B. DeMille­­—so his illustrations often seem familiar to today’s viewers.

Gustave Doré, Death of Samson. Engraving, 1866.

Associated with a deity; exhibiting religious importance; set apart from ordinary (i.e. "profane") things.

Unrelated to religion.

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