Shakespeare Seated Between the Dramatic Muse and the Genius of Painting, marble statue by Thomas Banks’s 1735-1805, important British sculptor of 18th century notables. Stratford-On-Avon, England.
This photograph was used as the front piece in the Illustrated Shakespeare volumes published in 1803 and the statue was originally at the Boydell Gallery in London. The Boydell was quite an event when it opened in 1789 because there was no National Gallery or Royal Academy in London at that time.
Maiden Meditation, 1847, detail. oil on a gesso ground on canvas by Charles West Cope, British Victorian era painter of genre and history scenes. Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England.
The subject was inspired by a verse in Isaiah. A critic, in 1847, said the painting was beautiful and impressive in its touching simplicity, but “extremely stiff and formal.”
Wells Cathedral South East from Bishop’s Garden by Alfred Robert Quinton, 1853-1934. British watercolor artist of villages and landscapes.
Quinton illustrated books and much of his work was used on postcards and calendars.
Cowdray’s Cottage, watercolor by Alfred Robert Quinton, British, 1853-1934. The cottage is in Midhurst, Sussex, England.
His 2,000 paintings of British villages and landscapes became popular postcards and calendars. One of the books he illustrated was The Historic Thames by Hilaire Belloc.
The Queen in “Hamlet”, pastel on paperboard, 1895, by Edwin Austin Abbey, American born in Pennsylvania in 1895 and died in London in 1911.
Oh, it’s just so jolly being queen!
Abbey was an artist, illustrator and painter and was working during the beginning of the Golden Age of Illustration.
The painting is in the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., USA, as a gift from Sen. Stuart Symington and Rep. James W. Symington.
Chester, The Cross, Looking Towards Watergate Street, watercolor by Louise Rayner, British, 1832-1924. Last at auction.
Rayner exhibited through the Royal Watercolor Society and the Royal Society of British Artists.
The Ancient House, Ipswich in Suffolk, England, by Alfred Robert Quinton, 1853-1934, British watercolorist.
Quinton completed over 2,000 paintings of British villages and landscapes with many becoming postcards and calendars. He illustrated books with one of them being The Historic Thames by Hilaire Belloc.
Cock Bear Inn, Wash Lane, Nuneaton, Warwickshire, oil on canvas, 1923, by Charles Jacombs, British, 1872-1926. Nuneaton Museum and Art Gallery, Nuneaton, England.