Image courtesy of Oglethorpe University Museum of Fine Art

Shakespeare and Boydell: Works from the Oglethorpe Collection

Apr 12, 2016 – Sep 11, 2016
DaysTime
Every Tue-Sun12pm – 5pm
Adults: $5 Children (ages 11 and under): Free!

Description

John Boydell (1719-1804) had spent more than 50 years in the print and publishing trade before he opened his “Shakespeare Gallery” in 1789 in the highly fashionable Pall Mall district of London. Boydell had made his fortune by commissioning engraved prints of famous paintings. Boydell realized greater profits were to be held in the cheaper medium of prints and capitalized on this theory for decades. Boydell commissioned leading artists of the day to paint scenes from various works by Shakespeare, including examples in the current exhibition. By 1802, the Shakespeare Gallery contained more than 160 original paintings by artists such as Sir Joshua Reynolds, Angelica Kauffman, Benjamin West, George Romney and Henry Fuseli — all of which were reproduced in engraved prints for sale to rising middle class visitors.

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