The fall of the house of Moxon: James Bertrand Payne and the Illustrated Idylls of the King

Cheshire, Jim (2012) The fall of the house of Moxon: James Bertrand Payne and the Illustrated Idylls of the King. Victorian Poetry, 50 (1). pp. 67-90. ISSN 0042-5206

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Abstract

This article discusses the circumstances surrounding the publication of an elaborate edition of Tennyson's Idylls of the King, illustrated by the French artist Gustave Doré. While the Illustrated Idylls is normally accepted as a success, this article argues that it was a financial failure and an important factor in the subsequent bankruptcy of Edward Moxon and Sons. Payne's overtly commercial approach to publishing conflicted with Tennyson's idea of the role of the Poet Laureate and archival sources suggest that the relationship between Tennyson and Payne broke down because they could not agree how to finance this publication. Payne's extensive investment in this edition became ruinous when Tennyson changed publisher and Payne was subsequently convicted of fraud as he tried to cover his losses. The failure of this edition marks an important moment in Tennyson's career as his publisher never again attempted an ambitious illustrated edition of his poetry.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Tennyson, Gustave Dore, Idylls of the King, book illustration, history of the book, publishing history, James Bertrand Payne, Digitised
Subjects:V Historical and Philosophical studies > V144 Modern History 1800-1899
Q Linguistics, Classics and related subjects > Q322 English Literature by author
P Mass Communications and Documentation > P400 Publishing
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V370 History of Design
W Creative Arts and Design > W220 Illustration
Q Linguistics, Classics and related subjects > Q321 English Literature by period
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Art & Design
ID Code:5054
Deposited By: Jim Cheshire
Deposited On:10 Apr 2012 17:11
Last Modified:05 Dec 2013 10:21

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