Did someone say “Petrus Borel”?
YES SOMEONE DID IT WAS ME HELLO.
Oh GOSH this picture. There is clearly A LOT going on in this picture and an enormous amount of it appears to be hijinks and— a topless woman being drowned? Pulled out of the river?
But wait on all of that, because IS THAT MEANT TO BE A DIOGENES LANTERN?!? Because if so, I may have some sort of crossover-interest dance party.
Thought it might be! I’m to go back through his fic to see who the woman is, because frankly if there is one thing that is in abundance in Borel’s stories it is Gruesome Dramatic Death. There’s a copy of Rhapsodies there, and…and…I just don’t even want to know what’s happening in the upper right hand corner.
The guillotine might be a reference to his Gottfried Wolfgang (1843), which is essentially a translation of Washington Irving’s 1824 story The Adventure of the German Student - a rather awesome and macabre little work!
I’m assume that the skull is on the verge of being turned into a utensil for drinking really toxic, near-lethal punch.
Oh, edwarddespard , I remembered this! And having just gone through Champavert, I’m pretty sure it’s got to be a cover/front illo for all that, and I’m pretty sure I know what stories all the pictures are from! Going clockwise:
OKAY: The cherub and the lovers could work with a lot of stories, but given their startlement and the velvet curtains and all I’m gonna guess this is for The Anatomist; the next one over, with all the foliage and the woman standing clearest in the foreground, is probably Abigail from Three Fingered Jack; The boat scene is from Dinah; the little box and skull and all that are from the title story (the skull is a baby’s, because it’s a FUN book*), and the guillotine could be from either The Prosecutor or The Student but I’m GUESSING it’s The Prosecutor, because the illustrator seems to have gone for the grimmer tales.
( also I appreciate that they apparently looked at all the complications of the intro and said YOU KNOW WHAT, HAVE A FRIGGING PORTRAIT , AND HERE’S RHAPSODIES, IT’S QUOTING RHAPSODIES.)
*no, it actually is. It’s HORRIBLY fun. I laughed a lot, reading it. It’s just, you know. A lot of funny bits and then suddenly FACEPUNCH OF HORRIBLE HORRIBLE THINGS ALL OVER. It SHOULD stop working on me BUT IT DOESN’T, and it is UNFAIR.