Pair Of Georgian Shakespeare Engravings

Pair Of Georgian Shakespeare Engravings

This fine pair of Georgian engravings depict two scenes from Shakespeare. The first, engraved by Robert Thew (1758-1802) after John Hoppner RA (1758-1810), references Cymbeline, Act III, Scene VI. This was one of the bard’s final plays and it’s abundant with seduction and deceit. The second, engraved by William Satchwell Leney (1769-1831) after John Downman ARA (1750-1824), references As You Like It, Act 1, Scene 2. Both were published by John and Josiah Boydell in 1800 and 1801 respectively.

During the early 19th-century, there was a reinvigorated desire for Shakespeare, partly due to the Romantics who held his works in high regard. John Boydell looked to meet this new demand by opening a gallery in London to display a range of commissioned artworks inspired by his plays. Each painting was then engraved and published.

Framed and glazed.

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Medium: Stipple engravings on paper
Overall size: 28½” x 23” / 73cm x 59cm
Year of creation: 1800 and 1801
Condition: A few areas of foxing and light staining. Frames with some light wear.

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