Thousands of Shakespeare illustrations released free online

Love in Idleness
"Love in Idleness", an illustration from The Pictorial Edition of the Works of Shakespeare, Edited by Charles Knight, Vol 1, London, Virtue & Co., c. 1840 [From Victorian Illustrated Shakespeare Archive by Michael John Goodman, 16 January, 2017]

If you’re a lover of pictures for their own sake, here’s a treasure trove for you.

Miriam Harris at Digital Arts reports that a new archive has appeared online showcasing over 3,000 carefully scanned and annotated images from Victorian editions of the plays of Shakespeare.

The archive is hosted at the Victorian Illustrated Shakespeare Archive, which is the elegant result of a massive labour of love by its creator, Dr Michael John Goodman.

“The database emphasises that there really is a ‘Shakespeare Universe’ where different motifs, ideas and themes recur,” says Goodman.


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