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Updated on September 24, 2014

A Celebration Of William Shakespeare in Pictures

Here are some images of Shakespeare I hope you will enjoy. I put this page together to celebrate William Shakespeare, poet and playwright in images of Shakespeare. These pictures of Shakespeare represent a joint venture between myself and the artist Oliver Tadpole who has embarked on a series of illustrations of Shakespeare the immortal Bard of Avon! Tadpole hails from Warwickshire, home of the Immortal Bard! Many years ago, Oliver did a beautiful painting of A Midsummer Night s Dream and he has always had a fascination for the Bard. As a poet, I have played with the sonnet form from time to time, but the Shakespearean sonnet is a sublime art form in miniature that not many can aspire to! On this page we hope to present images from Shakespeare and pictures of Shakespeare too. We will also be presenting Shakespeare cards and posters on Zazzle.

Intro image by Oliver Tadpole, used here with permission. Click here to see more. Please do not copy.

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William Shakespeare

Image of William Shakespeare

This Figure that thou seest put

It was for gentle Shakespeare cut;

William Shakespeare Flyer by Persimew

In this portrait by Tadpole, you can see the city in the background in true 16th Century style.

A Midsummer Night

A Celebration of Titania and Bottom

Come, sit thee downe upon this flowry bed,

While I thy amiable cheekes doe coy,

And sticke muske roses in thy sleeke smoothe head,

And kisse thy faire large eares, my gentle ioy.

A Beautiful Shakespeare Page

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A Midsummer Nights Dream Flyer by Persimew

The illustration here is taken from Act 4 Scene 1 of A Midsummer Night Dream by William Shakespeare it features Titania, Queen of the Fairies, under a spell. She has fallen for Bottom "a rude mechanical" who was rehearsing his play in the woods. The mischievous Puck has turned him into a beast with an asses head!

Pyramus and Thisbe - A Play within a play

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William Shakespeare Pictures Wall Flyer by Persimew

A Midsummer Night's Dream is made even more delightful by the device of a play within a play. The "Rude Mechanicals" are a mediaeval guild putting on a show and rehearsing for this show. This is the device that puts Bottom in the woods where Puck can play tricks on both him and Titania. One of my favourite parts of A Midsummer Night is the play of Pyramus and Thisbe and Tadpole's latest illustration is of the character Snout dressed up as "WALL". Snout wants to play every part, but this is the one he ends up with!

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Henry V - A King on Horseback

William Shakespeare Pictures - Henry the Fifth

Once more unto the Breach, Deare friends, once more

Or close the wall up with our English Dead

Henry the Fifth


All about Henry V

Tadpole's illustration here is of the King in full livery and is based on Act 3 Scene 1 of William Shakespeare's Henry the Fifth.


Shakespeare Henry the Fifth

We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;

For he to-day that sheds his blood with me

Shall be my brother; be he ne'er so vile,

This day shall gentle his condition:

And gentlemen in England now a-bed

Shall think themselves accursed they were not here,

And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks

That fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day.

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Shakespeare's Macbeth - The Witches Scene

Hubble Bubble Toil and Trouble

" When shall wee three meet again?

In Thunder, Lightning, or in Raine?

When the Hurley-burley 's done,

When the Battaile's lost and wonne "

Act 1, Scene 1 Macbeth

Shakespeare Macbeth Flyer

What a wonderful way to start a play! The Scottish Play begins with the three monstrous witches casting their spell in a massive cauldron and Tadpole has illustrated them in a particularly gruesome way as green hags!

William Shakespeare Pictures - Images of Shakespeare

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William Shakespeare Picture - Hamlet

Shakespeare's Hamlet Flyer by Persimew

Hamlet, Act 5 Scene 1, is probably one of the best known scenes in Shakespeare's plays. I like Tadpole's illustration of Hamlet prince of Denmark.

Othello - William Shakespeare's Tale of Tragic Jealousy

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Shakespeare Othello Flyer by Persimew

Othello, driven mad by love and jealousy is both archetype and paradox. Shakespeare's stories are always complex and close to life. How can love turn so easily to hate? It is an old story and nobody told it better than William Shakespeare in all its futility and tragedy. This is Act 5, Scene 2.

William Shakespeare Picture - Sir John Falstaff

Shakespeare - Henry the Fourth Part One

Is Falstaff England's biggest icon?

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Falstaff Flyer by Persimew

Sir John Falstaff, thinking he cuts a noble and dashing figure, is the light comic relief in Henry the Fourth Part One and several other Shakespeare plays. Here he is in his yellow suit in Act 2 Scene 4.

Well, you will gather from what I said earlier that they speak to me, and they CERTAINLY speak to Tadpole! What is your favorite Shakespeare play?

William Shakespeare Plays.... - Do They Speak To A Modern World?

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      Marti Lawrence 3 years ago from Grain Valley, Missouri

      Very nice! His work is still such an influence on the arts today.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 3 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Bery interesting. I think I need a Shakespeare refresher course. I can't believe how much I have forgotten.

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      Lisa Marie Gabriel 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      @suepogson: Thank you Sue. I appreciate that and will pass the message on to Colin :)

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      suepogson 4 years ago

      Midsummer Night's Dream is my favourite. Lovely pictures and lens.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love most of his works, I loved "The Tempest" best.

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      Steve Dizmon 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      My favorite, "The Tragedy of Julius Caesar".

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      cdevries 6 years ago

      Just wondering... Could I get permission to use the Pyramus and Thisbe "Wall" illustration for a blog post? With attribution and a link, of course. My blog is a theater set designer's culture diary http://devriesdesigndiary.blogspot.com/ so a few Shakespeare geeks might see it. You can message me back at my Lensmaster page cdevries.

      Either way, beautiful drawings! And Wall is one of my favorite characters too! Thanks

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      Heather Burns 6 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Mine is Romeo and Juliet.

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      shakespearelovepoems 6 years ago

      My favourite Shakespeare play is King Lear. Love the dramatisation. I think your lens is great! Give em the facts, nice and simple

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      RGebbiePhoto 6 years ago

      Nice lens, good work!!

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      Krafick 6 years ago

      Wonderful lens. You've given Shakespeare what he deserves. Rafick

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      David Stone 6 years ago from New York City

      They do, and tribute pages do not get any better than this one. Outstanding!

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      NYThroughTheLens 6 years ago

      I think that Shakespeare's plays have an enduring quality that makes them appealing even in today's time period. Midsummer Nights Dream, The Tempest and Hamlet are three of his plays that immediately come into my mind as some of my favorites. :)

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      JanezKranjski 6 years ago

      My favorite is King Lear. I saw that play just a few months ago.

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      Patricia 6 years ago

      Nicely done!

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      kguru1979 lm 6 years ago

      I love his dramas, but got very less time to concentrate and enjoy.! Nice lens..! Well presented...!

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      Malu Couttolenc 6 years ago

      Beautiful Art! Oliver Tadpole has done fantastic masterpieces.

      I like several Shakespeare's plays, Midsummer NIghts Dream and Hamlet bring back special memories from the times I started to read Shakespeare. Much Ado About Nothing is the first I gave to my children as an introduction to Shakespeare. :)

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      Titcombe 6 years ago

      Hamlet - a reflection of the state of the human race - and so true today!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great lens. I love it.

      Please drop by my Wedding Favors Lens. Thanks

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      Richard 6 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      This is really beautiful artwork that brings Shakespeare's words into focus. Blessed!

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      kimmanleyort 6 years ago

      What a wonderful collaboration. The Shakespeare art is incredible. ** Blessed **

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      UKGhostwriter 6 years ago

      Just came back from visiting Shakespeare's various haunts in Stratford - nice lens

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      Missmerfaery444 6 years ago

      I love Shakespeare, and I also love anything that puts facts and info about him together creatively, having spent much of my time as school librarian convincing kids that Shakespeare is cool! ;) Love the Shakespeare art!

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      CruiseReady 6 years ago from East Central Florida

      The Tempest!

      Followed by Othello . . . and then Shrew ... not so sure what my fourth favorite is. Maybe Lear, maybe Midsummer Night's Dream, maybe McBeth.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Very interesting facts and nice images. This is really nice, I am a fan of Shakespeare.