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    Illustrated Shakespeare

    Through the ages, Shakespeare has been visualized by many painters and illustrators, engravers, etc. This thread will be dedicated to showing this visual side of Shakespeare. It is interesting to note how different artists interpreted the various scenes in the Shakespeare's plays and poetry.

    I will start with one of my favorites artist/illustrators - first:

    Arthur Rackham

    He was well-known for his illustrations for “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and his beautiful and intricate children‘s illustrations:

    You can read a brief biography in the companion to this thread “The Magical World of Children's Illustration” on this forum:

    http://www.online-literature.com/for...ad.php?t=39013 (post #5)

    Here is some of his work illustrating "A Midsummer Night's Dream"

    Fairies Away


    Titania-Sleeping


    Fairies Sing



    Titania Sleeps - second version


    I am the very wanderer of the night


    Fairies


    Puck


    Titania - second version


    FairHelena


    I love this last one particularly.
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    "It's so mysterious, the land of tears."

    Chapter 7, The Little Prince ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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    I love the Tempest, here are some images I really like of the play I found, by Paul Woodroffe










    I love this one

    Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before. ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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    Another of my favorites is:

    Edmund Dulac
    from Wikipedia:
    Edmund Dulac (born Edmond Dulac, October 22, 1882 – May 25, 1953[1]) was a French book illustrator prominent during the so called "Golden Age of Illustration" (the first quarter or so of the twentieth century).

    to find out more about the illustrator's life please see this link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edmund_Dulac


    Here are some of Dulac's illustrations for "The Tempest"

    Ariel in a Tree



    Ariel and the Bee



    Prospero



    Elves and Fairies

    "It's so mysterious, the land of tears."

    Chapter 7, The Little Prince ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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    Dark Muse, How funny and strange - we were posting the same time and the same play! only different illustrators. I guess 'brilliant minds think alike'. I love the ones you just posted. Those are sooo beautiful. I did see that second one when I was cruising around tonight checking out the site you told me about.
    "It's so mysterious, the land of tears."

    Chapter 7, The Little Prince ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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    LOL or in the words of an old frined of mine. Great minds think alike, but then again so do ours.

    Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before. ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark Muse View Post
    LOL or in the words of an old frined of mine. Great minds think alike, but then again so do ours.
    Haha - that is a good one!

    I can't seem to leave this stuff alone tonight. I need to call it quits and go to bed. I can't resist posting one more bit.

    Some more delightful illustrations by Rackham from "Midsummer Night's Dream"

    Monotone Illustration




    I will sing that they shall hear I am not afraid...


    How now spirit whither wander you?


    Enter Pease blossom, Cobweb, Moth,and Mustardseed


    Changling
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    "It's so mysterious, the land of tears."

    Chapter 7, The Little Prince ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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    Drowned Ophelia:


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    Ophelia


    John Everett Millais


    Waterhouse


    Waterhouse


    Arthur Huges


    Waterhouse


    Auguste Ernest Hebert


    Pault Steck


    O'Neil


    Delacroix

    Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before. ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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    Fabulous! - mayneverhave and Dark Muse. I love that first one -the one with the curved top edge; thanks mayneverhave.....and I knew that you, DM,would would come through with many 'Ophelias' which you posted in the social group 'Pre-Raphaelite'. I don't recall seeing this one by Pault Steck or the O'Neil; I will have to further check out his work. They are all really great. I like the underwater one very much. I think I can come up with some more Ophelias tonight.
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    "It's so mysterious, the land of tears."

    Chapter 7, The Little Prince ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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    Yes it is true the O'Neil and the Steck were not included in the Pre-Raphalite group, just a couple of extras I found and liked for this thread.

    Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before. ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark Muse View Post
    Yes it is true the O'Neil and the Steck were not included in the Pre-Raphalite group, just a couple of extras I found and liked for this thread.
    True, nor the Delacroix, that was much earlier, right?
    "It's so mysterious, the land of tears."

    Chapter 7, The Little Prince ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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    No, I did not include the Delacroix either, the Delacroix was 1853

    Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before. ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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    Here are some more Ophelias....

    'Ophelia' from "Hamlet" by different artists - interesting to see how each imagined her, isnt' it?

    Sant - oil on canvas oval


    Rihcarde Westall - 1802


    Richard Dadd (The Closet Scene) - 1840


    Marcus Stone - 1888


    Joseph Severn - 1831


    Jean Baptiste Bertrand


    Henrietta Rae - 1901


    Henrietta Rae -1890


    Benjamin West -1802


    Arthur Hughes - 1852


    George Frederic Watts - 1864


    Francis Danby 'Disappointed Love' - 1821 (not actually painted to represent Ophelia but often mistaken for her)
    "It's so mysterious, the land of tears."

    Chapter 7, The Little Prince ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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    Here are some interesting visions of Lord Hamlet

    Sir Thomas Lawrence - J.P.Kemble as Hamlet


    Philip H.Calder - The Young Lord Hamlet

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    Charles Hunt - "Hamlet" - The Play Scene I


    I thought this Hamlet book cover was interesting


    Edwin Austin Abbey - Hamlet 1897
    "It's so mysterious, the land of tears."

    Chapter 7, The Little Prince ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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    Romeo and Juliet



    Ford Madox Brown (1821-1893)


    Frank Dicksee (1853-1928)


    unknown


    John Pettie (1839-1893)


    Fredrick Lord Leighton (1830-1896)

    Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before. ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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