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Shakespeare’s Poetry, Illustrated

Submitted by: Jed Kevin C. Morada, 2008-10783 UP Diliman

Disclaimer: I do not own these pictures. Please see the “Picture credits” section for the original websites that posted them.

The following are illustrations of scene/s, characters, or impressionistic interpretations of Shakespeare’s poems by artists from different ages. They are arranged chronologically, and the viewer might note how the artists “interpreted” the poems (and how artistic movements might have affected their work).

Indeed, as Richard Altick is quoted in Shakespeare Illustrated (shakespeare.emory.edu/illustrated), “Shakespeare’s nondramatic works were seldom represented in art…” but I hope this little gallery would introduce us to the transmedial reach of Shakespeare’s poetry (vis-à-vis the reach of his plays). [Click on the images to view full size.]

William Edward Frost’s The Disarming of Cupid (1850). According to Shakespeare Illustrated, it is based on Shakespeare’s Sonnet 154. This is a steel-plate engraving.


Sir John Gilbert’s As a Decrepit Father Takes Delight. This painting’s name is the first line from Sonnet 37. Shakespeare Illustrated states that Gilbert illustrated for various editions of Shakespeare’s works. (Although no date is given, I put it here because it came from the same source as the previous one.)

Rockwell Kent's Frontispiece (1931). Rockwell made illustrations for Venus & Adonis, published by the Printing House of Leo Hart (Rochester, NY: 1931), and this is the frontispiece of the book. This is already a photoengraving from his original drawing.

Natasha Henderson’s Shakespeare Sonnet Painting #29. This painting is a part of a collection of artworks that “interpret” some of Shakespeare’s sonnets. The collection was done from 2009 to 2010.

Natasha Henderson’s Shakespeare Sonnet Painting #145. This is also a part of the artist’s 2009-2010 collection. (Note the different set of palette from the preceding example.)

Picture credits:

Frost, William Edward. The Disarming of Cupid. 1850. Queen’s Royal Collection. Shakespeare Illustrated. Web. 15 Jan. 2011. <http://shakespeare.emory.edu/illustrated _showimage.cfm?imageid=68>

Gilbert, Sir John. As a Decrepit Father Takes Delight. n.d. Painting. Shakespeare Illustrated. Web. 15 Jan. 2011. <http://shakespeare.emory.edu/illustrated_showimage.cfm?

imageid=267>

Henderson, Natasha. Shakespeare Sonnet Painting #29. 2009-2010. Painting. Natashahenderson.com. Web. 15 Jan. 2011. <http://www.natashahenderson.com/image/ poetry_paintings_2009_2010/shakespeare_sonnet_painting_29>

_____. Shakespeare Sonnet Painting #145. 2009-2010. Painting. Natashahenderson.com. Web. 15 Jan. 2011. <http://www.natashahenderson.com/image/poetry_paintings_2009_2010 /shakespeare_sonnet_painting_145>

Kent, Rockwell. Frontispiece. 1931. Memorial Art Gallery, New York. Memorial Art Gallery. Web. 17 Jan. 2011. <http://64.19.142.12/ mag.rochester.edu/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/79.73.1_A1-160×300.jpg>

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