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|Named Person:||William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
John Boydell; Josiah Boydell; Robert Smirke; Henry Fuseli; James Northcote
|Notes:||Dedication and preface by Josiah Boydell dated March 25, 1805; the plates are dated 1790-1804.
Title vignettes (of Mrs. Damer's basso relievos).
Of the artists, Smirke, Fuseli, and Northcote contributed the largest number of plates; the others, including Reynolds, Opie, and Stothard, are represented by from one to five plates each; engraved by R. Thew, T. Ryder, P. Simon and others.
Sometimes confused with "Boydell's graphic illustrations ... of Shakspeare", 1804? a separate issue of the (smaller) plates prepared for their edition of Shakespeare, 1802, which also consists of 100 plates, most of them quite different from these large plates.
|Description:||2 v. : ill., ports. ; 85 cm. (fol.)|
|Contents:||Vol. I contains frontispiece (full length portrait of George III, by Sir W. Beechey) and XLVI plates. XL to XLVI being Smirke's Seven ages; vol. II consists of frontispiece (portrait of Queen Charlotte, also by Beechey) and L plates, the last three "not engraved from the large pictures, but may be added to vol. II". These three are: Romney's "Shakspeare nursed by Tragedy and Comedy", Westall's "Imogen in boy's clothes", and Josiah Boydell's "Desdemona asleep". Counting the title vignettes, 100 designs in all. cf. List of plates, v. 2.|
|Responsibility:||by the artists of Great-Britain.|