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The best pictures of the last days of William Shakespeare

Posted in Best pictures, English Literature, Historical articles, History, Shakespeare, Theatre on Tuesday, 27 October 2015

The best pictures of the last days of William Shakespeare are striking images of the playwright’s final days at New Place in Stratford.
The first picture shows Shakespeare drinking with his friends Ben Jonson and Michael Drayton.

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Shakespeare receiving his old friends for the last time

The second picture shows Shakespeare’s last hours.

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Shakespeare's Last Hours at the New Place

The third picture shows a cast of Shakespeare’s face.

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Cast of Shakespeare's Face

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The best pictures of the Grammar School, Stratford-upon-Avon

Posted in Architecture, Best pictures, British Towns, Education, English Literature, Famous landmarks, Historical articles, History, Shakespeare, Theatre on Tuesday, 27 October 2015

The best pictures of Shakespeare’s old school at Stratford are vivid images of the grammar school and its most illustrious pupil whose fame was as yet undreamed of and future career unknown.
The first picture shows Big School above the Guildhall.

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The Grammar School, Stratford on Avon by Francis S Walker

The second picture shows the boy Shakespeare being punished by his schoolmaster.

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The young Shakespeare outside the Grammar School in Stratford by Peter Jackson

The third picture shows a school lesson.

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The boy who was to be immortal; the schooldays of William Shakespeare by Charles Sheldon

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The best pictures of William Shakespeare’s birthplace

Posted in Architecture, Best pictures, British Towns, English Literature, Famous landmarks, Historical articles, History, Literature, Shakespeare, Theatre on Monday, 26 October 2015

The best pictures of Shakespeare’s house are images of the playwright’s birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon.
The first picture shows the greatly restored house.

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Shakespeare's House

The second picture shows the house by moonlight.

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Shakspeare's House by moonlight with his coat of arms

The third picture shows the dilapidated house before its restoration.

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The house of William Shakespeare before restoration

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The best pictures of Eastcheap, London

Posted in Architecture, Best pictures, English Literature, Famous landmarks, Historical articles, History, London, Shakespeare, Trade on Friday, 16 October 2015

The best pictures of Eastcheap are vivid images of inn signs and topography.
The first picture shows the striking sign of the famous Boar’s Head Tavern.

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Sign of the Boar's Head, Eastcheap

The second picture shows the buildings in Eastcheap, with meat clearly on display in each of the many butchers’ shops.

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Eastcheap, c. 1598

The third picture shows a drawing of the interior of the Boar’s Head in Eastcheap, the surviving premises of which were demolished when Cruikshank was almost 40 years old.

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A scene from The Life of Sir John Falstaff, A Biography of the Knight from Authentic Sources by George Cruikshank

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The best pictures of Sir John Falstaff

Posted in Actors, Best pictures, English Literature, Historical articles, History, Shakespeare, Theatre on Friday, 16 October 2015

The best pictures of Shakespeare’s Falstaff are striking images of perhaps the greatest of all the playwright’s dramatic characters, comic or tragic.
The first picture shows a portrait in the tavern.

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Falstaff from Henry IV, Part 1. A goodly portly man ….by H M Paget

The second picture shows another portrait in the Boar’s Head Inn.

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Sir John Falstaff by Gerritt Vandersyde

The third picture shows Samuel Phelps as Falstaff.

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Mr Phelps as Sir John Falstaff

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The best pictures of the premiere of Verdi’s Falstaff at La Scala

Posted in Actors, Best pictures, Famous Composers, Famous news stories, Historical articles, History, Music, Shakespeare, Theatre on Friday, 16 October 2015

The best pictures of the premiere of Verdi’s Falstaff document one of the greatest theatrical events of the late nineteenth century.
The first picture shows a scene from Act III of the opera.

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Scene from Verdi's New Opera of "Falstaff," at Milan, Act III, Scene 1 by W H Overend

The second picture shows Act II, scene 2 from the opera.

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The Production of Verdi's "Falstaff" at Milan, Falstaff concealed in the Buck-Basket in Ford's House by Signor Ettore Tito

The third picture shows the 79-year old Verdi joining the cast at the curtain call.

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The Production of Verdi's "Falstaff" at Milan, Signor Verdi appearing before the curtain with the Singers by Signor Ettore Tito

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The best pictures of the symbolic roses of Lancaster and York

Posted in Best pictures, Historical articles, History, London, Plants, Politics, Royalty, Shakespeare, Theatre, War on Sunday, 4 October 2015

The best pictures of the red rose of Lancaster and white rose of York are images of the wholly invented Shakespearean Temple Garden scene in Henry VI Part One.
The first picture shows Richard of York and the Earl of Somerset beyond him.

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The Wars of the Roses – in Shakespeare's unhistorical Temple Garden scene

The second picture shows the Temple Garden scene.

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The red rose and the white by Joseph Finnemore

The third picture shows York and Somerset brandishing roses in the garden.

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Richard of York and the Earl of Somerset pick a white and a red rose as their respective badges after a violent quarrel in the Temple Garden by Peter Jackson

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The best pictures of Launce and Crab

Posted in Actors, Best pictures, Dogs, English Literature, Historical articles, History, Shakespeare, Theatre on Wednesday, 30 September 2015

The best pictures of Launce and his “ungentlemanlike” dog, Crab, are striking images of the comic Shakespearean character and his pet.
The first picture shows Launce’s lecture.

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The Two Gentlemen of Verona Act IV, Scene IV by T F Dicksee

The second picture shows man and dog in comic mode.

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Two Gentlemen of Verona, Act IV, Scene IV by Felix Octavius Carr Darley

The third picture shows Launce and Speed with Crab.

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The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Act II, Scene V by Henry Courtney Selous

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The best pictures of David Garrick

Posted in Actors, Best pictures, English Literature, Historical articles, History, Shakespeare, Theatre on Thursday, 24 September 2015

The best pictures of David Garrick are images of the great actor as himself and playing some of his many famous roles.
The first picture shows Garrick with a bust of Shakespeare.

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The second picture shows Garrick facing an audience riot.

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David Garrick, facing a riot by theatre goers

The third picture shows David Garrick as Sir John Brute disguised as a woman.

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David Garrick in the character of Sir John Brute

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The best pictures of Antony and Cleopatra

Posted in Ancient History, Best pictures, Heroes and Heroines, Historical articles, History, Legend, Royalty, Shakespeare on Wednesday, 23 September 2015

The best pictures of Antony and Cleopatra are striking images of two of history’s most famous lovers.
The first picture shows Cleopatra teasing Antony with a bunch of grapes.

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Antony and Cleopatra by Don Lawrence

The second picture shows the couple giving themselves to indolent pleasure.

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Antony and Cleopatra by Angus McBride

The third picture shows an engraving of Tiepolo’s famous painting.

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The Loves of Anthony and Cleopatra, engraved by Perrichon from the fresco by G B Tiepolo in the Palazzo Labia, Venice

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