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Boydell Shakespeare Gallery

The Boydell Shakespeare Gallery was a collection of pictures commissioned by 18th-century engraver and publisher John Boydell in an effort to foster a school of British history painting. The project contained three parts: an illustrated edition of Shakespeare's plays, a folio of prints from the gallery, and a public gallery where the original paintings for the prints hung. The project was conceived at a dinner in November 1786, the gallery opened in May 1788, and the entire contents were sold and dispersed in 1805.

This Wikimedia Commons gallery collects images of the paintings, engravings, and sculptures generated by Boydell's Shakespeare Gallery.

The lists of art works are taken from Winifred H. Friedman's Boydell's Shakespeare Gallery.

Note: at this point, many images are merely listed, rather than displayed in gallery format.

SculpturesEdit

Thomas Banks's sculptural group was originally placed above the entrance to the Shakespeare Gallery in 1789. Despite plans to use it as a monument for John Boydell's tomb after his death in 1804, it remained on the building's façade until its demolition in 1868–69. It was then transported to Stratford-upon-Avon and re-erected in New Place Garden in 1870.

PaintingsEdit

Engravings were made from the paintings for either the folio, the illustrated edition, or sometimes both. The order of the plays used here is that from the Illustrated Edition.

Engravings from the FolioEdit

Dedicatory materialEdit

Volume 1Edit


Volume 2Edit

  • King John, Act IV, scene 1 by James Northcote
  • King Richard II, Act IV, scene 1 by Mather Browne
  • King Richard II, Act V, scene 2 by James Northcote
  • Henry IV, part 1, Act II, scene 2 by Robert Smirke and Joseph Farington
  • Henry IV, part 1, Act II, scene 4 by Robert Smirke
  • Henry IV, part 1, Act III, scene 1 by Richard Westall
  • Henry IV, part 1, Act V, scene 4 by John Francis Rigaud
  • Henry IV, part 2, Act II, scene 4 by Henry Fuseli
  • Henry IV, part 2, Act III, scene 2 by Thomas Durno
  • Henry IV, part 2, Act IV, scene 4 by Josiah Boydell - Prince Henry Taking the Crown
  • Henry IV, part 2, Act IV, scene 4 by Josiah Boydell - Prince Henry’s Apology
  • Henry V, Act II, scene 2 by Henry Fuseli
  • Henry VI, part 1, Act II, scene 3 by John Opie
  • Henry VI, part 1, Act II, scene 4 by Josiah Boydell
  • Henry VI, part 1, Act II, scene 5 by James Northcote
  • Henry VI, part 2, Act I, scene 4 by John Opie
  • Henry VI, part 2, Act III, scene 3 by Joshua Reynolds
  • Henry VI, part 3, Act I, scene 3 by James Northcote
  • Henry VI, part 3, Act II, scene 5 by Josiah Boydell
  • Henry VI, part 3, Act IV, scene 5 by William Miller
  • Henry VI, part 3, Act V, scene 7 by James Northcote
  • Richard III, Act III, scene 1 by James Northcote
  • Richard III, Act IV, scene 3 by James Northcote - The Young Princes Murdered in the Tower
  • Richard III, Act IV, scene 3 by James Northcote - Burying of the Royal Children
  • Henry VIII, Act I, scene 4 by Thomas Stothard
  • Henry VIII, Act III, scene 1 by Matthew Peters
  • Henry VIII, Act IV, scene 2 by Richard Westall
  • Henry VIII, Act V, scene 4 by Matthew Peters
  • Coriolanus, Act V, scene 3 by Gavin Hamilton
  • Julius Cæsar, Act IV, scene 3 by Richard Westall
  • Antony and Cleopatra, Act III, scene 9 by Henry Tresham
  • Timon of Athens, Act IV, scene 3 by John Opie
  • Titus Andronicus, Act IV, scene 1 by Thomas Kirk
  • Troilus and Cressida, Act II, scene 2 by George Romney
  • Troilus and Cressida, Act V, scene 2 by Angelica Kauffmann
  • Cymbeline, Act I, scene 2 by William Hamilton
  • Cymbeline, Act III, scene 4 by John Hoppner
  • Cymbeline, Act III, scene 6 by Richard Westall
  • King Lear, Act I, scene 1 by Henry Fuseli
  • King Lear in the Storm from King Lear, Act III, scene 4 by Benjamin West
  • King Lear, Act V, scene 3 by James Barry
  • Romeo and Juliet, Act I, scene 5 by William Miller
  • Romeo and Juliet, Act IV, scene 5 John Opie
  • Romeo and Juliet, Act V, scene 3 by James Northcote

Engravings from the Illustrated editionEdit

Volume I
The Tempest

Two Gentlemen of Verona

Merry Wives of Windsor

Measure for Measure

  • Act II, scene 4 by Robert Smirke
  • Act IV, scene 3 by Robert Smirke


Volume II
The Comedy of Errors

  • Act I, scene 1 by Francis Wheatley
  • Act IV, scene 4 by Francis Wheatley


Much Ado About Nothing

  • Hero, Usrula, and Beatrice (Act III, scene 1) by Matthew Peters
  • Borachio, Conrado and Watchmen (Act III, scene 3) by Francis Wheatley
  • Act IV, scene 1 by William Hamilton
  • Examination (Act IV, scene 2) by Robert Smirke
  • Act V, scene 4 by Francis Wheatley


Love's Labour's Lost

  • Act IV, scene 2 by Francis Wheatley
  • Act V, scene 2 by Francis Wheatley


A Midsummer Night's Dream

  • Puck (Act II, scene 1) by Henry Fuseli
  • Puck (Act II, scene 2) by Joshua Reynolds


Volume III
Merchant of Venice

  • Act III, scene 2 by Richard Westall
  • Act III, scene 3 by Richard Westall


As You Like It

  • Jacques and the Wounded Stag (Act II, scene 1) by William Hodges
  • Act II, scene 6 by Robert Smirke
  • Act IV, scene 3 by Robert Smirke
  • Act V, scene 4 by William Hamilton


The Taming of the Shrew


All's Well That Ends Well

  • Act I, scene 3 by Francis Wheatley
  • Act II, scene 3 by Francis Wheatley


Volume IV
Twelfth-Night

  • Olivia, Viola and Maria (Act I, scene 5) by William Hamilton
  • Sir Toby, Sir Andrew and Maria (Act II, scene 3) by William Hamilton
  • Act IV, scene 3 by William Hamilton


The Winter's Tale

  • Leontes and Hermione (Act II, scene 1) by William Hamilton
  • Paulina, Child, Leontes, and Antigonus (Act II, scene 3) by William Hamilton
  • The Shepherd's Cot (Act IV, scene 3) by William Hamilton


Macbeth

  • Act I, scene 3 by Richard Westall
  • Act III, scene 4 by Richard Westall
  • Act V, scene 1 by Richard Westall


King John

  • Act IV, scene 3 by Robert Ker Porter
  • Act III, scene 4 by Richard Westall


Volume V
King Richard II

  • Act III, scene 2 by William Hamilton
  • Act V, scene 2 by William Hamilton


First Part of King Henry IV

  • Act II, scene 1 by Robert Smirke
  • Act II, scene 3 by Robert Smirke
  • Act V, scene 4 by Robert Smirke


Second Part of King Henry IV

  • Act IV, scene 4 by Robert Smirke
  • Act V, scene 5 by Robert Smirke


King Henry V

  • Act III, scene 3 by Richard Westall


Volume VI
First Part of King Henry VI

  • Act II, scene 4 by Josiah Boydell
  • Act II, scene 5 by William Hamilton
  • Death of Mortimer (Act II, scene 5) by James Northcote
  • Joan of Arc and the Furies (Act V, scene 4) by William Hamilton


Second Part of King Henry VI

  • Act II, scene 2 by William Hamilton
  • Act III, scene 2 by William Hamilton
  • Death of Cardinal Beaufort (Act III, scene 3) by Joshua Reynolds


Third Part of King Henry VI

  • Act III, scene 2 by William Hamilton
  • Act V, scene 5 by William Hamilton


Richard III


Volume VII
King Henry VIII


Coriolanus


Julius Cæsar

  • Act III, scene 1 by Richard Westall
  • Act V, scene 5 by Richard Westall


Antony and Cleopatra


Volume VIII
Timon of Athens


Titus Andronicus


Troilus and Cressida


Cymbeline


Volume IX
King Lear

  • Act I, scene 1 by Robert Smirke
  • Act III, scene 4 by Robert Smirke
  • Act IV, scene 7 by Robert Smirke


Romeo and Juliet


Hamlet

Othello