Shakespeare Electronic Conference, SHK 7.0748. Wednesday, 16 October 1996.
Date: Wednesday, 16 Oct 1996 09:32:43 -0400 (EDT)
Daniel Traister will find detailed background on Josiah Boydell's Shakespeare
Gallery in Winifred H. Friedman's BOYDELL'S SHAKESPEARE GALLERY, (New York,
1976). He will also find some useful bits in Brian Vickers' SHAKESPEARE: THE
CRITICAL HERITAGE, Volume 6 1774-1801 (London and Boston, 1981) and Gary
Taylor's REINVENTING SHAKESPEARE (New York, 1989).
Boydell published in 1805 a set of one-hundred plates, titled BOYDELL
SHAKESPEARE GALLERY, drawn from paintings and sculpture featured in his
gallery. I own a four volume version -- "reproduce[d] with a few changes" --
published by Gebbie & Barrie of London later in that century under the full
title: THE GALLERY OF ILLUSTRATIONS FOR SHAKESPEARE'S DRAMATIC WORKS
ORIGINALLY PROJECTED AND PUBLISHED BY JOHN BOYDELL REDUCED AND RE-ENGRAVED BY
THE HELIOTYPE PROCESS WITH SELECTIONS FROM THE TEXT. Artists represented
include Sir Joshua Reynolds, Benjamin West, Fuseli, Romney, Northcote, Smirke,
Hope this helps.