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Illustrating Shakespeare

Author: Peter Whitfield
Publisher: London : British Library, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This work shows how some artists have succeeded in capturing the psychological truth of the dramas of Shakespeare, while others merely dressed them up to suit the taste of their own time.
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Genre/Form: History
Illustrated works
Named Person: William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Whitfield
ISBN: 9780712358897 0712358897
OCLC Number: 824725327
Description: 160 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 28 cm
Contents: Visualising Shakespeare : the iconography of the plays --
Before 1700 --
The Rowe-Tonson Shakespeare, 1709 --
Rococo Shakespeare : Gravelot and Hayman --
Hogarth and the beginning of Shakespearean painting --
Garrick and Shakespearean art --
The battle of the Lears : new forces in Shakespearean art --
Picturesque book illustrations --
Henry Fuseli --
William Blake --
The Boydell experiment --
Bunbury's amateur Shakespeare --
High Romanticism and low populism --
Shakespeare in outline --
Shakespeare in France --
Shakespeare in Germany --
American Shakespearean art --
Shakespearean heroines --
Knight's Pictorial Shakespeare --
High Victorian Shakespeare : Gilbert and others --
Gilbert : the songs of Shakespeare --
Murdoch's colour plate edition --
Knight's Imperial edition --
The Irving edition --
The impact of photography --
John Everett Millais --
The pre-Raphaelites --
Mainstream Victorian painting --
In the age of the book beautiful --
Abbey : the Shakespearean pageant --
Three Hamlets and one Timon --
Through the lens of modern art --
Limited editions club --
The animated tales --
Bardolatry.
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