Victorian Photogravures of English actress Ellen Terry (1887)

Dame Alice Ellen Terry, GBE (1847 – 1928), known professionally as Ellen Terry, was an English actress who became the leading Shakespearean actress in Britain. Born into a family of actors, Terry began performing as a child, acting in Shakespeare plays in London, and toured throughout the British provinces in her teens.

At 16 she married the 46-year-old artist George Frederic Watts, but they separated within a year. She soon returned to the stage but began a relationship with the architect Edward William Godwin and retired from the stage for six years. She resumed acting in 1874 and was immediately acclaimed for her portrayal of roles in Shakespeare and other classics.

In 1878 she joined Henry Irving’s company as his leading lady, and for more than the next two decades she was considered the leading Shakespearean and comic actress in Britain. Two of her most famous roles were Portia in The Merchant of Venice and Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing. She and Irving also toured with great success in America and Britain.

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Photogravure of English actress, Ellen Terry (1847-1928) as Marguerite in Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s Faust, Act III, Scene I, 1887 via

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Photogravure of English actress, Ellen Terry (1847-1928) as Portia in William Shakespeare’s play The Merchant of Venice, Act IV, Scene I., 1887 via

Romeo and Juliet directed by George Cukor (1936)

Romeo and Juliet is a 1936 American film adapted from the play by Shakespeare, directed by George Cukor from a screenplay by Talbot Jennings.

The film stars Leslie Howard as Romeo and Norma Shearer as Juliet.

The New York Times selected the film as one of the “Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made”, calling it “a lavish production” which “is extremely well-produced and acted.

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Portrait of Leslie Howard and Norma Shearer in Romeo and Juliet directed by George Cukor, 1936 via

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Portrait of Leslie Howard and Norma Shearer in Romeo and Juliet directed by George Cukor, 1936 via

A Collection of Vintage Photos of Fantasy and Fairytale Film Shots

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Die Nibelungen, 1924

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Die Nibelungen, 1924

A Midsummer Nights Dream, 1935

A Midsummer Nights Dream, 1935

A Midsummer Nights Dream, 1935

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The Thief Of Bagdad, 1924

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The Thief Of Bagdad 1924

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Snow White, 1916

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Snow White, 1916

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Snow White, 1916

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L’Atlantide, 1932

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L’Atlantide, 1932

Works of Shakespeare by Charles Theodosius Heath (1820s)

Charles Theodosius Heath (1785 – 1848) was an English engraver, currency and stamp printer, book publisher and illustrator. Heath received training in engraving from his father James, and his first known etching dates from when he was six years old.

It was from his father that he learnt how to produce small plates suitable for book illustration. He was a noted if self-regarding illustrator of the Waverley Novels, and engraved Christ healing the Sick in the Temple, one of Benjamin West’s big scriptural paintings. After Richard Westall, he engraved illustrations to Lord Byron’s poems, published in 1819.

As an engraver, Heath exhibited at the Royal Academy and Suffolk Street Gallery from 1801 to 1825. After 1828 he produced little work of his own, but his studio was productive through his pupils Doo and Watt, and his sons.

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Ophelia (Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act 4, Scene 7) by Charles Heath MET via

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Beatrice and Benedick (Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing, Act 2, Scene 3) MET via

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Queen Margaret and Suffolk (Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part II, Act 3, Scene 2) MET via

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Aaron and Tamora (Shakespeare, Titus Andronicus, Act 2, Scene 3) MET via

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Anne Page, Slender and Simple (Shakespeare, Merry Wives of Windsor, Act 1, Scene 1) MET via