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Heroines of Shakespeare in Paintings

The weekly newspaper "The Graphic" commissioned several English artists to portray their idea of the Shakespeare's Heroines. The portraits were were exhibited in London in 1888.
These pictures in Shakespeare's Heroines are in the tradition of the "keepsake," portraits of beautiful women, usually suitable for framing, that were popular with the Victorian public.
"The Keepsake", a series of annual volumes published between the 1820s and 40s, contained light verse and sentimental stories illustrated with steel engravings, often of ladies in elegant costume, with fashionable ringlets and come-hither expressions.

Heroines of Shakespeare in Paintings, Edmund Blair Leighton, Olivia, oil painting
Edmund Blair Leighton, Olivia

Heroines of Shakespeare in Paintings, Edward J. Poynter. Cressida, oil paintingEdward J. Poynter. Cressida



Heroines of Shakespeare in Paintings, Francis W. Topham, Isabella, oil paintingFrancis W. Topham, Isabella

Heroines of Shakespeare in Paintings, Frank Dicksee, Beatrice, oil paintingFrank Dicksee, Beatrice



Heroines of Shakespeare in Paintings, oil painting, Frederic Leighton. DesdemonaFrederic Leighton. Desdemona




Frederick Goodall. Miranda, Heroines of Shakespeare in Paintings, oil painting, Heroines of Shakespeare in Paintings, 19th century, book illustration, fun facts, illustration, story behind paintingFrederick Goodall. Miranda


George D. Leslie, Anne Page, Heroines of Shakespeare in Paintings, oil painting, Heroines of Shakespeare in Paintings, 19th century, book illustration, fun facts, illustration, story behind painting George D. Leslie, Anne Page, Merry Wifes of Windsor


Henry Woods, Portia (The Merchant of Venice), Heroines of Shakespeare in Paintings, oil painting, Heroines of Shakespeare in Paintings, 19th century, book illustration, fun facts, illustration, story behind paintingHenry Woods, Portia (The Merchant of Venice)


Heroines of Shakespeare in Paintings, oil painting, Heroines of Shakespeare in Paintings, 19th century, book illustration, fun facts, illustration, story behind painting, Herbert Gustave Schmalz, ImogenHerbert Gustave Schmalz, Imogen


Heroines of Shakespeare in Paintings, oil painting, Heroines of Shakespeare in Paintings, 19th century, book illustration, fun facts, illustration, story behind painting, J. W. Waterhouse, CleopatraJ. W. Waterhouse, Cleopatra


Heroines of Shakespeare in Paintings, oil painting, Heroines of Shakespeare in Paintings, 19th century, book illustration, fun facts, illustration, story behind painting, Philip H. Calderon, JulietPhilip H. Calderon, Juliet

Heroines of Shakespeare in Paintings, oil painting, Heroines of Shakespeare in Paintings, 19th century, book illustration, fun facts, illustration, story behind painting, Laura T. Alma-Tadema. Queen Katherine of FranceLaura T. Alma-Tadema. Queen Katherine of France


Heroines of Shakespeare in Paintings, oil painting, Heroines of Shakespeare in Paintings, 19th century, book illustration, fun facts, illustration, story behind painting, Marcus Stone. OpheliaMarcus Stone. Ophelia


Heroines of Shakespeare in Paintings, oil painting, Heroines of Shakespeare in Paintings, 19th century, book illustration, fun facts, illustration, story behind painting, R. W. Macbeth, RosalindR. W. Macbeth, Rosalind

Samuel Fildes, Jessica, Heroines of Shakespeare in Paintings, oil painting, Heroines of Shakespeare in Paintings, 19th century, book illustration, fun facts, illustration, story behind paintingSamuel Fildes, Jessica

Heroines of Shakespeare in Paintings, oil painting, Heroines of Shakespeare in Paintings, 19th century, book illustration, fun facts, illustration, story behind painting, Valentine C. Prinsep. MarianaValentine C. Prinsep. Mariana

The illustrations on this page are from Anna Jameson's Shakespeare's Heroines, published in 1901 by J. M. Dent (London) and E. P. Dutton (New York) as part of a series entitled "Miranda's Library." The illustrations are by R. Anning Bell. In this edition the heroines are divided into four categories: "Characters of Intellect," "Characters of Passion and Imagination," Characters of the Affections," and "Historical Characters." The book was originally published in 1832 (with a dedication to the actress Fanny Kemble), and this edition, reprinted almost seventy years later, proves its popularity.

Heroines of Shakespeare in Paintings, 19th century, book illustration, fun facts, illustration, story behind painting
Heroines of Shakespeare in Paintings, 19th century, book illustration, fun facts, illustration, story behind painting
Heroines of Shakespeare in Paintings, 19th century, book illustration, fun facts, illustration, story behind painting
Heroines of Shakespeare in Paintings, 19th century, book illustration, fun facts, illustration, story behind painting

Source: english.emory.edu


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