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Stealing Shakespeare: Sneak Peek

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Entertainment
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Video Title:
Stealing Shakespeare: Sneak Peek
Description:
The comedy of errors behind the theft of English literary history's most important printed work.
Video Duration:
81 seconds
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Shakespeare's King Lear, final proof

Referenced:
Shakespeare, William
Original artist:
West, Benjamin
Publisher:
Boydell, John
Boydell, Josiah
Maker:
Sharp, William
Physical Description:
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
Measurements:
image: 44.2 cm x 59.3 cm; 17 3/8 in x 23 3/8 in
plate: 50.3 cm x 59.3 cm; 19 13/16 in x 23 3/8 in
sheet: 51.8 cm x 65 cm; 20 3/8 in x 25 9/16 in
Object Name:
print
Date made:
1793
Subject:
Art
Popular Entertainment
Theater
Credit Line:
Leonard Hastings Schoff bequest
ID Number:
1979.0114.166
Accession number:
1979.0114
Catalog number:
1979.0114.166
79.0114.166
Description:
Shakespeare's plays have engaged audiences for centuries, and his theatrical subject matter has influenced the visual arts as well. In the 1790s, London publishers John and Josiah Boydell opened the "Shakspeare Gallery" filled with paintings they commissioned to depict scenes from the plays. One hundred of these images were engraved as large prints and proved to be so popular that several editions were published, including an American edition in the 1840s.
King Lear, showing Lear in the storm from Act III, Scene IV, was engraved in 1793 by William Sharp (1749–1824) after the painting by Benjamin West (1738–1820). This dramatic scene was considered a powerful moral lesson representing energy of thought and action. The painting came to the United States in 1807, part of the collection of engineer Robert Fulton (1765–1815). It was exhibited in Philadelphia, Boston, and New York and is now in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Many collectors considered Sharp's engraving of King Lear the finest of the prints in Boydells' Shakspeare Gallery series. Vermont Congressman George Perkins Marsh and President Thomas Jefferson owned prints from the Shakspeare Gallery. This impression from the original English edition came to the Museum in 1979 as a bequest from the family of American artist Stephen Alonzo Schoff (1818–1904), a bank-note engraver who also produced prints in larger formats. Schoff studied art in Europe between 1839 and 1841, and he acquired a significant collection of European and American prints to serve as his working visual library. He owned a preliminary etched proof prepared in an acid bath and this final state of the print finished by hand with the burin, an engraver's cutting tool.
Location:
Currently not on view
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National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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Fame Adoring Shakespeare's Tomb

After:
Angelika Kaufmann, Swiss, 1741 - 1807
Medium:
Medium: silk embroidery on silk foundation, some painted details Technique: embroidered in satin, stem, speckling, knot, and detached chain stitches on plain weave foundation
Type:
embroidery & stitching
Embroidered picture
Object Name:
Embroidered picture
Made in:
England
Date:
ca. 1800
Credit Line:
Gift of Anonymous Donor from the Fraser/Martin Collection
Accession Number:
1974-100-12
Catalogue Status:
Research in Progress
Description:
Oval embroidered silk picture showing a classically draped female figure with wings on her head, strewing flowers on the tomb of Shakespeare. After "Fame Adoring Shakespeare's Tomb," by Angelica Kaufmann. In a landscape with a grassy foreground, architectural element behind the tomb, trees overhead and sky with white clouds. Embroidered in colored silks except for the sky, wings, head, arms and feet, which are painted.
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W. Shakespeare's Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, in block prints by D.N.S.

Creator:
Stewart, Dorothy N. (Dorothy Newkirk), 1891-1955
Subject:
Shakespeare, William
Physical description:
Book : 34 p. : ill. ; 19 x 37 cm.
Type:
Printed/Published Materials
Date:
1949
Topic:
Illustrated books
Relief prints
Theater
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)14632
Summary:
Title from cover.
Inserted inside front cover are a promotional card for the book (16 x 7 cm.) and a newspaper clipping (7 x 17 cm.).
The card reads: Opening; a book by W. Shakespeare, abbreviated in block prints by D.N.S.; color registration, Eleanor Jones; consultant, Agnes C. Sims; material help, Gustave Baumann and The King's Press; Saturday May first, 5-7 P.M., music at 6; Galeria Mexico, 551 Cañon Road.
The newspaper clipping is from the astrology page of the Santa Fe New Mexican, and has the reading for Aries circled in pink pencil.
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Dorothy Stewart papers, 1925-1955
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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Swedish Cottage and Shakespear Garden

Artist:
Aiken, James S.
Medium:
oil on canvas
National Origin:
American
Type:
painting
Date:
1959
Cite As:
James Aiken Collection, Anacostia Community Museum, Smithsonian Institution, transferred from the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Accession Number:
2002.0003.0025
Description:
Painted en plein air, this landscape positions the Swedish Cottage in Shakespeare Garden as a focal point. Brushstrokes and color palette indicate an impressionistic influence. Originally built as an model of a 19th century Swedish schoolhouse for the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia it was purchased by NYC Parks Department for $1,500 after the exhibition and moved to its present location. Having several prior uses, at the time James S. Aiken would have painted this landmark it was the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater. To date it still functions as the headquarters for the design and production of children's marionette plays in New York City.
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Shakespeare in the Park 2000: The Winter's Tale/Julius Caeser, The Public Theater

Designer:
Paula Scher, American, b. 1948
Client:
The Public Theater, New York, New York, USA
Medium:
Offset lithograph on two sheets of paper
Type:
graphic design
Poster
Object Name:
Poster
Made in:
USA
Date:
2000
Credit Line:
Gift of Paula Scher
Accession Number:
2013-25-4-a,b
Rights:
© Paula Scher
Description:
Central text in red outline: THE WINTER’S TALE & / JULIUS CAESAR; upper margin, in black: THE PUBLIC THEATER/NEW YORK SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL / in red outline: SHAKESPEARE IN / CENTRAL PARK; DIRECTED BY BRIAN KULICK / JUNE 21-JULY 16 / AUGUST 8-SEPTEMBER 3 DIRECTED BY BARRY EDELSTEIN; lower margin: TUESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY EVENINGS AT 8PM. Information on sponsors and ticket policy in lower section.
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Shakespeare in the Park 2007: Romeo and Juliet/A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Public Theater

Designer:
Paula Scher, American, b. 1948
Client:
The Public Theater, New York, New York, USA
Medium:
Offset lithograph on varnish coated paper
Type:
graphic design
Poster
Object Name:
Poster
Made in:
USA
Date:
2007
Credit Line:
Gift of Paula Scher
Accession Number:
2013-25-9
Rights:
© Paula Scher
Description:
In pink and red, framed by border of text on light pink ground: Shakespeare in the Park [sponsors], PUBLIC. In center: ROMEO AND JULIET + A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM / FREE / LOVE / IN CENTRAL PARK.
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A midsommer night's dream by Will Shakspeer, abridged and presented in block print by D.N.S.

Creator:
Stewart, Dorothy N. (Dorothy Newkirk), 1891-1955
Subject:
Shakespeare, William
Physical description:
Book : 36 p. : ill. ; 34 x 24 cm.
Type:
Printed/Published Materials
Date:
1953?
Topic:
Illustrated books
Relief prints
Theater
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)14633
Summary:
Date based on Roman numeral on title page verso: Mdccccliii [transcription uncertain].
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Dorothy Stewart papers, 1925-1955
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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Shakespeare Reading

Artist:
William Page, born Albany, NY 1811-died Staten Island, NY 1885
Sitter:
William Shakespeare
Medium:
oil on canvas
Dimensions:
65 1/8 x 39 in. (165.3 x 99.2 cm)
Type:
Painting
Date:
1873-1874
Topic:
Recreation\leisure\reading
Occupation\writer\playwright
Portrait male\knee length
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase
Object number:
1976.35
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Shakespeare, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Ward, John Quincy Adams 1830-1910
Subject:
Shakespeare, William
Medium:
Bronze
Culture:
British
Type:
Sculptures-Model
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Glessner House Museum 1800 South Prairie Avenue Chicago Illinois 60616 Accession Number: G68.1.80
Date:
Ca. 1855
Topic:
Portrait male--Full length
Occupation--Writer--Playwright
Occupation--Writer--Poet
Occupation--Writer--Dramatist
Ethnic
Object--Written Matter--Book
Study--Maquette
Control number:
IAS 65700008
Notes:
Chicago Architecture Foundation, 1990.
Glessner House Museum, 2012.
Summary:
Standing figure of William Shakespeare on a round plinth base, holding a book in his right hand.
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
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Shakespeare Reading

Artist:
W. Kurtz, born Germany 1833-died Far Rockaway, NY 1904
Copy after:
William Page, born Albany, NY 1811-died Staten Island, NY 1885
Sitter:
William Shakespeare
Medium:
photograph
Type:
Photography-Photoprint
Date:
1874-1875
Topic:
Recreation\leisure\reading
Portrait male
Object\written matter\book
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of William Page Howell
Object number:
1979.135.42
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King Lear in the Storm

Artist:
Henry Brintnell Bounetheau, born Charleston, SC 1797-died Charleston, SC 1877
Copy after:
Sir Joshua Reynolds, English, born Plympton, England 1723-died London, England 1792
Medium:
watercolor on ivory
Dimensions:
sight 6 3/8 x 5 1/2 in. (16.2 x 14.0 cm) rectangle
Type:
Painting-Miniature
Date:
ca. 1842
Topic:
Figure male\bust
Landscape\weather\storm
Literature\Shakespeare\King Lear
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Henry Du Pré Bounetheau
Object number:
1946.3.14
Description:
Henry Brintnell Bounetheau copied a painting by Sir Joshua Reynolds, president of the Royal Academy in England, to make this miniature. Such copies were common practice among miniaturists and full-scale painters alike. In Shakespeare’s King Lear the storm signifies the onset of the king’s madness, after he discovers the betrayal of his two elder daughters. Conservation of this miniature was made possible through a generous grant provided by the Smithsonian Women’s Committee.
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On View:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 16B, Drawer 23
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Miranda (from "The Tempest")

Artist:
George Henry Hall, born Boston, MA 1825-died New York City 1913
Medium:
oil on canvas
Dimensions:
25 1/4 x 19 in. (64.2 x 48.3 cm.)
Type:
Painting
Date:
1856
Topic:
Figure female\knee length
Literature\Shakespeare\Tempest
Literature\character\Miranda
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Frederick Darling
Object number:
1982.117
Description:
In Miranda (from "The Tempest"), George Henry Hall depicted the only female character from Shakespeare's play The Tempest. Shipwrecked on an island with her father, the sorcerer Prospero, Miranda is often considered to be naïve due to her sheltered life. Here, she appears vulnerable and uncertain with her windblown scarf, downcast eyes, and awkward stance. Hall created several images of Miranda and other Shakespeare scenes throughout his career.
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Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 9A
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Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor
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Shakespeare, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Rhind, John Massey 1860-1936
Architectural firm:
Alden & Harlow
Founder:
Unknown (Italy)
Subject:
Shakespeare, William
Medium:
Sculpture: bronze
Culture:
British
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Carnegie Institute Museum of Art 4400 Forbes Avenue Entrance Pittsburgh Pennsylvania 15213
Date:
Dedicated April 1907
Topic:
Portrait male--Full length
Occupation--Writer--Dramatist
Occupation--Writer--Poet
Occupation--Writer--Playwright
Object--Written Matter--Book
Ethnic
Control number:
IAS 76007631
Notes:
Index of American Sculpture, University of Delaware, 1985
Evert, Marilyn, "Discovering Pittsburgh's Sculpture," Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1983, pg. 167-168.
Save Outdoor Sculpture, Pennsylvania survey, 1995.
National Park Service, American Monuments and Outdoor Sculpture Database, PA0193, 1989.
Summary:
Shakespeare is seated in a chair reading a book which rests on a low pedestal to his proper left. The pedestal is adorned with the masks of comedy and tragedy.
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
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Shakespeare Relief, (sculpture)

Designer:
Stanton, Glenn (possibly by)
Gerke, Florence
Subject:
Shakespeare, William
Medium:
Stone relief mounted on a brick exedra
Culture:
British
Type:
Sculptures-Relief
Sculptures-Exedra
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Administered by City of Portland Portland Rose Garden Society 1120 S.W. 5th Avenue, Room 1302 Portland Oregon 97204
Located Washington Park Rose Garden Portland Oregon
Date:
Dedicated April 23, 1946
Topic:
Portrait male--Bust
Occupation--Writer--Poet
Occupation--Writer--Playwright
Occupation--Writer--Dramatist
Ethnic
Literature--Shakespeare
Control number:
IAS OR000045
Notes:
Save Outdoor Sculpture, Oregon survey, 1994.
Summary:
Stone relief bust of William Shakespeare with a quotation and Shakespeare's signature below it.
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
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Shakespeare (1564-1616), (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Unknown
Subject:
Shakespeare, William
Medium:
Concrete
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures-Relief
Sculptures-Architectural component
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Administered by San Francisco Unified School District 135 Van Ness Avenue San Francisco California
Located George Washington High School 600 32nd Avenue San Francisco California
Date:
1934
Topic:
Portrait male--Head
Allegory--Arts & Sciences--Literature
Occupation--Writer--Playwright
Occupation--Writer--Poet
Occupation--Writer--Dramatist
Control number:
IAS CA001794
Notes:
Save Outdoor Sculpture, California, San Francisco survey, 1993.
Summary:
Concrete panel featuring a high relief portrait face of William Shakespeare. He has a beard and moustache. On his proper right is a feather in relief; on his proper left is a scroll of paper in relief. The panel is located above the entrance to a building.
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
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Shakespeare, (sculpture)

William Shakespeare, (sculpture)
Sculptor:
Ward, John Quincy Adams 1830-1910
Architect:
Mould, Jacob Wrey 1825-1886
Carver:
Parry, Henry
Founder:
Robert Wood & Company
Subject:
Shakespeare, William
Medium:
Sculpture: bronze: Base: Westerly granite and Rockport granite
Culture:
British
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Administered by City of New York Department of Parks and Recreation The Arsenal - Central Park New York New York 10021
Located Central Park Mall, south New York New York 10021
Date:
1870. Cast 1871. Dedicated May 23, 1872
Topic:
Portrait male--Full length
Occupation--Writer--Poet
Occupation--Writer--Dramatist
Ethnic
Object--Written Matter--Book
Control number:
IAS 65700009
Notes:
Chicago Architecture Foundation, 1990.
Gayle, Margot & Michele Cohen, "Guide to Manhattan's Outdoor Sculpture," New York: Prentice Hall, 1988, pg. 203.
National Park Service, American Monuments and Outdoor Sculpture Database, NY0220, 1989.
Monumental News, June 1894, pg. 281.
Sharp, Lewis I., "John Quincy Adams Ward Dean of American Sculpture," Newark: University of Delaware Press, 1985, no. 50.
Save Outdoor Sculpture, New York, New York survey, 1993.
Studing, Richard, 1987 (Portraits of Shakespeare).
Bulletin of Bibliography 42 (Dec. 1985): pg. 192.
Summary:
Shakespeare is depicted standing with his proper left hand on his left hip and his proper right leg bent slightly forward. He holds a book in his proper right hand close to his chest. He wears short slashed trunks, full cloak and doublet of the Elizabethan period. The sculpture rests on a two-color bell-shaped base
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
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Shakespeare Reading, (painting)

Painter:
Page, William 1811-1885
Subject:
Shakespeare, William
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Culture:
British
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Smithsonian American Art Museum 8th & G Streets, N.W Washington District of Columbia 20560 Accession Number: 1976.35
Date:
1873-1874
Topic:
Portrait male
Occupation--Writer--Poet
Ethnic
Architecture interior
Recreation--Leisure--Reading
Control number:
IAP 08582184
Notes:
Coll. List, Nmaa, 1980; SAAM checklist, 7/2002.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2006.
Studing, Richard, 1987 (Portraits of Shakespeare).
Bulletin of Bibliography 42 (Dec. 1985): pg. 190.
Taylor, Joshua Charles, "William Page: The American Titian," Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 1957.
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
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(Bust of Shakespeare), (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Johnson, Debra
Subject:
Shakespeare, William
Medium:
Bust: concrete; Base: concrete
Culture:
British
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Administered by City of Cedar Rapids Parks Department 2nd Avenue Bridge, City Hall Cedar Rapids Iowa 52401
Located Fellis Park Cedar Rapids Iowa
Date:
Copyrighted 1986
Topic:
Portrait male--Bust
Occupation--Writer--Poet
Occupation--Writer--Playwright
Occupation--Writer--Dramatist
Ethnic
Control number:
IAS IA000179
Notes:
Save Outdoor Sculpture, Iowa survey, 1996.
Summary:
A bust of William Shakespeare sits atop a tall column-like base decorated around the top. Shakespeare wears either a cloak or a jacket, with an open-collared shirt. The bust is within a garden-like setting.
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
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Colonel William Shakespeare King

Artist:
Unidentified
Sitter:
William Shakespeare King
Medium:
oil on canvas
Dimensions:
35 1/8 x 27 1/2 in. (89.1 x 69.9 cm)
Type:
Painting
Date:
ca. 1825
Topic:
Dress\uniform\military uniform
Occupation\military\colonel
Portrait male
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Daniel Packard and Allene Packard King
Object number:
1950.7.5
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