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Bartolozzi Engravings
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.2457  Thursday, 1 January 2004

From:           Thomas Larque <
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Date:           Wednesday, 31 Dec 2003 15:43:06 -0000
Subject: 14.2452 Bartolozzi Engravings
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.2452 Bartolozzi Engravings

 >Currently on eBay under the search criteria [Francesco] Bartolozzi, a
 >seller, lonsom719, is auctioning what he/she claims are two Bartolozzi
 >engravings of scenes from Shakespeare; the seller does not indicate why
 >he/she believes the scenes are Shakespearean. The engravings do not
 >bring immediately to mind (for me) any moments from the plays.

The first picture
(http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3649645898&category=1016
9), if it is Shakespearean - which it quite probably isn't, might just
be the murder of Banquo, with Fleance running away in the background.

The second picture
(http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3649646625&category=1016
9 ), however, seems to show the same men engaged in the same murder from
a different angle (at least the long haired man seems to be the same),
and this time the long haired murderer from the earlier picture is
playing the inactive role, possibly gathering money at a gaming table
while the others kill.  I can't think of a Shakespearean scene that
would explain this one offhand (although perhaps others might) but I
suppose it might be that the artist is using the same models, rather
than the same characters, to stage two different murders.

I suppose to some people any "olde worlde" costumes look like Shakespeare.

Thomas Larque.
"Shakespeare and His Critics"       "British Shakespeare Association"
http://shakespearean.org.uk           http://britishshakespeare.ws

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