While our images are electronically watermarked, the antique prints themselves are not.
Twelfth Night, Olivia's Garden, Sebastian, Olivia & A Priest BY4 $145
Each print measures approximately 14
inches by 17 inches on heavy wove paper,
with the image area at 6 1/2 by 10 1/2 inches
John Boydell (1719-1804), visionary publisher & Lord
Mayor of London, made his large fortune publishing
engravings, including views of England & Wales. With a
group of influential citizens, he embarked on a massive
project utilizing the best English artists to capture
the memorable scenes in Shakespeare’s works in a series
of large paintings.
Artists included J M W Turner, William Blake, Sir Joshua
Reynolds, Will Hamilton, Henry Fuseli, Josiah Boydell,
Francis Wheatley, Angelica Kauffmann, and Benjamin West.
In 1789, these paintings were showcased in a gallery on
the most fashionable avenue in London, England, the Pall
Engravings from these paintings were published from 1789
to 1803. This project marked a dramatic shift in the art
world. Artists had previously worked principally from
the commissions of wealthy patrons & royalty now saw the
possibility of earning a living in a less restrictive
manner. Other entrepreneurs followed Boydell’s lead
resulting in the development of a School of Historical
Sadly, the French Revolution intervened closing off
the mainland European market to Boydell, who was forced
to shutter his gallery. Almost bankrupted, Boydell’s
estate sold the collection of 167 paintings in 1804, a
few months after his death. Most have been lost to
posterity, but Richard Westall's painting, from Henry
VIII, remains in the collection of the Folger
Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C.
The lasting impact of Boydell’s project was to
forever popularize Shakespeare’s works in the eyes of
the general public and to change the course of English
art, greatly broadening the artist’s ability to earn a
living beyond portraiture and views.
Each print measures approximately 14 inches by 17 inches
on heavy wove paper, with the image area at 6 1/2 by 10
1/2 inches. The border is not fully shown in the images.
On some, this border may have minor imperfections which
will easily mat out. These fabulous, high quality
engravings rarely appear on the market, so we are
delighted to offer them. Please email us if you do not
see your favorite, as we do have most of the set.
We accept credit cards & PayPal. Washington state residents pay Washington
state sales tax. Shipping for this item is $12.95. Items can be combined to save
on postage. International shipping is $25 for any number of prints and buyers
are responsible for all customs duties. Our environment is smoke free. We pack
professionally using only new materials. All items are beautifully wrapped and
suitable for sending directly as gifts. You may return any item within 7 days if
not satisfied. To order, you may call us at 1-888-PANTEEK, or send email to