Alderman Boydell’s Shakespeare Gallery

Alderman Boydell, 18th century British patron and publisher, collected and commissioned Shakespearean-themed paintings from England’s most prominent artists.

The original paintings by Benjamin West, Henry Fuseli, George Romney, Joshua Reynolds, and Angelika Kauffmann, among others, were copied as engravings and sold by subscription to middle-class Britons. These original paintings were collected by Boydell and hung in his Shakespeare Gallery in London until it was forced into foreclosure and the original paintings were dispersed.

This catalogue details thirty of these engravings which were on display in an exhibition of the same name.


Laura Nelke with an introduction by Richard W. Hutton and a foreward by Edward A. Maser

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55 pages, lack and white illustrations

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