Record number 04/3206
Author Shakespeare, William, 1564 - 1616
Uniform Title[Works. 1802.] Steevens.
TitleThe Dramatic Works Of William Shakspeare Revised By George Steevens. Vol. I. (- IX.)
ImprintLondon: -: Printed By W. Bulmer And Co. Shakspeare Printing-Office, For John And Josiah Boydell, George And W. Nicol: From The Types Of W. Martin., MDCCCII.
Physical Description9 vols.; 425 mm.
Physical Description NoteVol. I: [12], 86, [2], [4], 86, [4], 106, [6], 108 p., [13] pl. - Vol. II: [8], 72, [4], 98, [6], 103, [1], [4], 84 p., [11] pl. - Vol. III: [8], 100, [4], 105, [1], [4], 104, [4], 112 p., [10] pl. - Vol. IV: [8], 98, [6], 122, [6], 98, [4], 103, [1] p., [11] pl. - Vol. V: [8], 112, [4], 114, [4], 123, [1], [4], 128 p., [8] pl. - Vol. VI: [8], 112, [4], 127, [1], [4], 120, [4], 143, [1] p., [12] pl. - Vol. VII: [10], 124, [2], [4], 144, [4], 102, [4], 146 p., [10] pl. - Vol. VIII: [8], 99, [1], [4], 101, [1], [6], 135, [1], [4], 141, [1] p., [9] pl. - Vol. IX: [6], 135, [1], [4], 122, [6], 152, [4], 134 p., [12] pl.
Content Format NoteVol. I: [2 frontiss., half-t., t.p., dedic.] - Advertisement (by G.N.) - [Divisional t.p., 'Tempest'] - Persons Of The Drama - [Text, and 3 pl.] - Epilogue; [colophon] - [Div. t.p., 'Two Gentlemen Of Verona'] - Persons Of The Drama - [Text, 1 pl.]; [colophon] - [Div. t.p., 'Merry Wives Of Windsor'] - Persons Of The Drama - [Text, 5 pl.]; [colophon] - [Blank leaf] - [Div. t.p., 'Measure For Measure'] - Persons Of The Drama - [Text, 2 pl.];[colophon]. - Vol. II: [Half-t., t.p.] - [Div. t.p., 'Comedy Of Errors'] - Persons Of The Drama - [Text, 2 pl.]; [colophon] - [Div. t.p., 'Much Ado About Nothing'] - Persons Of The Drama - [Text, 5 pl.]; [colophon] - [Blank leaf] - [Div. t.p., 'Love's Labour's Lost'] - Persons Of The Drama - [Text, 2 pl.]; [colophon] - [Div. t.p., 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'] - Persons Of The Drama - [Text, 2 pl.]; [colophon]. - Vol. III: [Half-t., t.p.] - [Div. t.p., 'Merchant Of Venice'] - Persons Of The Drama - [Text, 2 pl.]; [colophon] - [Div. t.p., 'As You Like It'] - Persons Of The Drama - [Text, 4 pl.]; [colophon] - [Div. t.p., 'The Taming Of The Shrew'] - Persons Of The Drama - [Text, 2 pl.]; [colophon] - [Div.t.p., 'All's Well That Ends Well'] - Persons Of The Drama - [Text, 2 pl.]; [colophon]. - Vol. IV: [Half-t., t.p.] - [Div. t.p., 'Twelfth Night'] - Persons Of The Drama - [Text, 3 pl.]; [colophon] - [Blank leaf] - [Div. t.p., 'Winter's Tale'] - Persons Of The Drama - [Text, 3 pl.]; [colophon] - [Blank leaf] - [Div. t.p., 'Macbeth'] - Persons Of The Drama - [Text, 3 pl.]; [colophon] - [Div. t.p., 'King John'] - Persons Of The Drama - [Text, 2 pl.]; [colophon]. - Vol. V: [Half-t., t.p.] - [Div. t.p., 'King Richard II'] - Persons Of The Drama - [Text, 2 pl.]; [colophon] - [Div. t.p., 'First Part Of K. Henrty IV'] - Persons Of The Drama - [Text, 3 pl.]; [colophon] - [Div. t.p., 'Second Part Of K. Henry IV'] - Persons Of The Drama - [Text, 2 pl.]; [colophon] - [Div. t.p., 'King Henry V'] - Persond Of The Drama - [Text, 1 pl.]; [colophon]. - Vol. VI: [Half-t., t.p.] - [Div. t.p., 'First Part Of King Henry VI'] - Persons Of The Drama - [Text, 4 pl.]; [colophon] - [Div. t.p., 'Second Part Of K. Henry VI'] - Persons Of The Drama - [Text, 3 pl.]; [colophon] - [Div. t.p., 'Third Part Of K. Henry VI'] - Persons Of The Drama - [Text, 2 pl.]; [colophon] - [Div. t.p., 'Richard III'] - Persons Of The Drama - [Text, 3 pl.]; [colophon]. - Vol. VII: [Half-t., t.p.] - [Div. t.p., 'King Henry VIII'] - Persons Of The Drama - Prologue - [Text, 4 pl.] - Epilogue; [colophon] - [Div. t.p., 'Coriolanus'] - Persons Of The Drama - [Text, 2 pl.]; [colophon] - [Div. t.p., 'Julius Caesar'] - Persons Of The Drama - [Text, 2 pl.]; [colophon] - [Div. t.p., 'Antony And Cleopatra'] - Persons Of The Drama - [Text, 2 pl.]; [colophon]. - Vol. VIII: [Half-t., t.p.] - [Div. t.p., 'Timon Of Athens'] - Persons Of The Drama - [Text, 2 pl.]; [colophon] - [Div. t.p., 'Titus Andronicus'] - Persons Of The Drama - [Text, 2 pl.]; [colophon] - [Blank leaf] - [Div. t.p., 'Troilus And Cressida'] - Prologue - Persons Of The Drama - [Text, 2 [l.]; [colophon] - [Div. t.p., 'Cymbeline'] - Persons Of The Drama - [Text, 3 pl.]; [colophon]. - Vol. IX: [T.p.] - [Div. t.p., 'King Lear'] - Persons Of The Drama - [Text, 3 pl.]; [colophon] - [Div. t.p., 'Romeo And Juliet'] - Prologue - Persons Of The Drama - [Text, 5 pl.]; [colophon] - [Blank leaf] - [Div. t.p., 'Hamlet'] - Persons Of The Drama - [Text, 2 pl.]; [colophon] - [Div. t.p., 'Othello'] - [Persons Of The Drama - [Text, 2 pl.]; [colophon].
Summary NoteA publication-date of 1802 is given on all title-pages; but a publication date of June 4 1803 is given in the dedication of Volume I, the eleventh plate of Volume IV, the first and ninth plates of Volume VII and the second plate of Volume VIII. All plates except the first in Volume I carry publication-dates: (Vol. I) 1792 Sep 25; 1793 Dec 24, 25; 1797 Sep 29; 1798 Apr 23, Dec 1; 1800 Jun 4; 1801 Jun 4; (Vol. II) 1791 Mar 1; 1793 Jun 4; 1795 Jun 4; 1796 Sep 29; 1798 Apr 23; 1799 Sep 29; (Vol. III) 1791 Sep 29; 1792 Sep 29; 1794 Jun 4; 1795 Dec 1; 1796 Jun 4; 1797 Sep 1; 1798 Apr 23; (Vol. IV) 1793 Jun 4, Dec 24; 1794 Jun 4; 1795 Jan 1; 1796 Sep 29; 1798 Dec 1; 1799 Aug 1, Sep 29; 1803 Jun 4; (Vol. V) 1794 Jun 4; 1795 Jan 1, Jun 4; 1798 Dec 1; 1800 Jun 4; (Vol. VI) 1791 Mar 1; 1795 Jan 1, Mar 25, Dec 1; 1798 Apr 23; 1799 Mar 25, Sep 29; 1800 Jun 4; 1801 Jun 4; (Vol. VII) 1796 Jun 1, Sep 29; 1801 Jun 4; 1802 Dec 21; 1803 Jun 4; (Vol. VIII) 1792 Dec 25; 1793 Dec 24; 1795 Jan 1, Sep 29; 1796 Jun 4; 1800 Jun 4; 1802 Dec 21; 1803 Jun 4; (Vol. IX) 1792 Jan 2, Feb 1, Feb 2, Oct 6; 1797 Jun 4, Sep 29; 1798 Apr 23; 1800 Jun 4; 1801 Jun 4.

In each volume each play has its own pagination, divisional title page and colophon.

In his Advertisement one of the publishers, George Nicol, writes: '... One Hundred and Sixty-three Historical Pictures, many of them of a large size, have been painted by British Artists, on purpose to adorn this work; but of this part of the undertaking, a more particular account will be given in the Advertisement prefixed to the large Prints ... Splendour and magnificence, united with correctness of text, were the great objects of this Edition ... it was found necessary to establish a printing-house on purpose to print the work; a foundery to cast the types; and even a manufactory to make the ink.' He adds that in preparing the text Steevens was assisted by Dr Farmer and Isaac Reed. The project to publish a magnificent edition of Shakespeare, illustrated with engravings from specially-commissioned paintings, was first advertised in December 1786; and thirty-four commissioned paintings went on show in May 1789. When the first prints came out in 1792 they were not well received; but the letterpress text, composed by William Bulmer from the Roman and Italic types of William Martin (who may at one time have worked for Baskerville), is a most distinguished piece of printing.

All plates are captioned. The first two in Volume I show 'Shakspeare's Monument In The Church At Stratford Upon Avon' (source-artist not named) and 'The Alto Rilievo In The Front Of The Shakspeare Gallery Pall Mall. Represents Shakspeare seated between the Dramatic Muse & the Genius of Painting ...' (after 'I. Banks', i.e. T. Banks). All other plates show scenes from the plays, after various painters:

Vol. I. 'Tempest' by W. Hamilton, R. Smirke; 'Two Gentlemen of Verona' by T. Stothard; 'Merry Wives of Windsor' by R. Smirke, W. Peters; 'Measure for Measure' by R. Smirke;

Vol. II. 'Comedy of Errors' by F.Wheatley; 'Much Ado About Nothing' by W. Peters, F. Wheatley, W. Hamilton, R. Smirke; 'Love's Labour's Lost' by F. Wheatley; 'Midsummer Night's Dream' by H. Fuseli, J. Reynolds;

Vol. III. 'Merchant Of Venice' by R. Westall; 'As You Like It' by W. Hodges, R. Smirke, W. Hamilton; 'The Taming Of The Shrew' by I.I. Ibbetson (i.e. J.C. Ibbetson); 'All's Well That Ends Well' by F. Wheatley;

Vol. IV: 'Twelfth Night' by W. Hamilton; 'Winter's Tale' by W. Hamilton; 'Macbeth' by R. Westall; 'King John' by R. Westall, R.K. Porter;

Vol. V: 'King Richard II' by W. Hamilton; 'Henry IV Parts I, II' by R. Smirke; 'Henry V' by R. Westall;

Vol. VI: 'Henry VI Pt.1' by Josh. Boydell, W. Hamilton, Jas. Northcote; 'Henry VI Pt.2' by W. Hamilton, J. Reynolds; 'Henry VI Pt. 3' by W. Hamilton; 'Richard III' by J. Northcote, R. Westall;

Vol. VII: 'Henry VIII' by T. Stothard, R. Westall; 'Coriolanus' by R.K. Porter; 'Julius Caesar' by R. Westall; 'Antony and Cleopatra' by H. Tresham;

Vol. VIII: 'Timon Of Athens' by H. Howard; 'Titus Andronicus' by S. Woodforde, T. Kirk; 'Troilus and Cressida' by T. Kirk; 'Cymbeline' by R. Westall (the third being signed as by 'Rob. Westall');

Vol. IX: 'King Lear' by R. Smirke; 'Romeo and Juliet' by W. Miller, R. Smirke, I.F. Rigaud, J. Opie, J. Northcote; 'Hamlet' by R. Westall; 'Othello' by R.K. Porter, Josiah Boydell.

In 1803 the Boydells published their Collection of Prints from Pictures painted for the Purpose of Illustrating the Dramatic Works of Shakspeare, a two-volume large-paper edition of one hundred prints without text (almost all these prints are different from those reproduced in the small-papaer edition with text). And in 1805 Josiah Boydell published Boydell's Graphic Illustrations of the Dramatic Works of Shakspeare, which contains the smaller prints without text (this has an engraving by William Blake of Opie's illustration to 'Romeo and Juliet', in addition to that engraved by J.P. Simon).

A manuscript list of the subscribers to the Boydell Shakespeare is preserved in the Boston Public Library.
Responsibility NoteThe first plate in Volume is signed by the draughtsman, Josh. Boydell, and the engraver, J. Neagle. All other plates are signed by their respective source artists, and by their engravers, James Stow, James Parker, W.C. Wilson, Anker Smith, Jas. Osborne, M. Haughton, I. Saunders, Thomas Holloway, W. Sharpe, J. Neagle, Jas. Heath, George Noble, Milton & Testolini, James Fittler, W. Skelton, L. Schiavonetti, S. Middiman, Isaac Taylor Junr., F. Legat, James Caldwall, W. Angus, F. Bartolozzi, Joseph Collyer, J. Ogborne, Andrew Gray, B. Reading, Willm. Leney, S. Noble, Charles Warren, R. Rhodes, J. Hogg, J.P. Simon, Andrew Michel.

Each plate carries the publishers' imprint of J. & J. Boydell, and (except pl. [1] of Vol. I) the date.

The name of the printers, W. Bulmer & Co., is repeated in the colophons.

The publication is dedicated by John Boydell, Josiah Boydell and George Nicol to the King (George III).
SubjectHeroes - Celebrities - Monarchs - Great Britain - Europe - Mediterranean Region - Social life and customs - History
English poetry - Drama - Tragedy - Tragedies - Comedy - Comedies - Great Britain - 16th century - 17th century - Renaissance
Illustrated books, British - Pictorial works - Typography - Great Britain - 19th century
ReferencesW. Pope and F. Benwick, ed., The Boydell Shakespeare Gallery (1996); S.H.A. Bruntjen, John Boydell, 1719-1804: A Study of Art Patronage and Publishing in Georgian London (1985); W.H. Friedman, Boydell's Shakespeare Gallery (1976); L. Thompson, 'The Boydell Shakespeare: an English monument to Graphic Arts', in Princeton University Library Chronicle, 1:2 (1940), p.17-24; G.H. Danton, Tieck's Essay on the Boydell Shakspeare Gallery (1912); A. Graves, 'Boydell and his engravers', in The Queen, 116-117 (1904 July 30 - 1905 July 5), p.178-9.

Surveys of Shakespeare illustration include S. Sillars, Painting Shakespeare The Artist As Critic 1720-1820 (2006); H. Hammerschmidt-Hummel, Die Shakespeare-Illustration (1594-2000), 3 v. (2003).

On the printer William Bulmer see: P. Isaac, William Bulmer: the fine printer in context, 1757-1830 (1993); H.V. Marrot, William Bulmer, Thomas Bensley: a study in transition (1930).

A study of the editor was A. Sherbo, The achievement of George Steevens (1990).
Binding Note19th-century calf, upper and lower covers having gilt-stamped neoclassical borders; rebacked in 20th century, gilt-decorated spines, lettered 'Shakspeare Tempest [&c.] Vol. I (- IX)', 'R.A.', 'Boydell 1802' and 'Proofs'.
Contributors Boydell, John, 1720 - 1804, publisher
Steevens, George, 1736 - 1800, editor
Boydell, Josiah, 1752 - 1817, publisher, source artist
Smirke, Robert, R.A., 1753 - 1845, source artist
Hamilton, William, R.A., 1751 - 1801, source artist
Westall, Richard, R.A., 1765 - 1836, source artist
Martin, William, 1815, type designer
Bulmer, William, 1757 - 1830, printer
Nicol, George, 1740? - 1828, publisher
Nicol, William, fl. 1800after 1855, publisher
George III, King of Great Britain, 1738 - 1820, dedicatee
Stothard, Thomas, R.A., 1755 - 1834, source artist
Peters, Matthew William, R.A., 1742 - 1814, source artist
Wheatley, Francis, R.A., 1747 - 1801, source artist
Fuseli, Henry, R.A., 1741 - 1825, source artist
Reynolds, Joshua, P.R.A., 1723 - 1792, source artist
Hodges, William, R.A., 1744 - 1797, source artist
Porter, Robert Ker, 1777 - 1842, source artist
Northcote, James, R.A., 1746 - 1831, source artist
Tresham, Henry, R.A., 1751 - 1814, source artist
Howard, Henry, R.A., 1769 - 1847, source artist
Woodforde, Samuel, R.A., 1763 - 1817, source artist
Kirk, Thomas, ca. 1765 - 1797, source artist
Miller, William, ca. 1740 - ca. 1810, source artist
Rigaud, John Francis, R.A., 1742 - 1810, source artist
Opie, John, R.A., 1761 - 1807, source artist
Neagle, James, 1765 - 1822, engraver
Stow, James, ca. 1770 - ca. 1823, engraver
Parker, James, 1757 - 1805, engraver
Wilson, W.C., fl. ca. 1750 - 1799?, engraver
Smith, Anker, A.R.A., 1759 - 1819, engraver
Osborne, James, fl. 1792?, engraver
Saunders, Joseph, fl. 1772 - 1808, engraver
Holloway, Thomas, 1748 - 1827, engraver
Heath, James, A.R.A., 1757 - 1834, engraver
Noble, George, fl. 1795 - 1828, engraver
Testolini, Gaetano, fl. 1760 - 1811, engraver
Fittler, James, A.R.A., 1758 - 1835, engraver
Skelton, William, 1763 - 1848, engraver
Schiavonetti, Luigi, 1765 - 1810, engraver
Middiman, Samuel, ca. 1750 - 1831, engraver
Taylor, Isaac, the younger, 1759 - 1829, engraver
Legat, Francis, 1755 - 1809, engraver
Caldwall, James, 1739 - ca. 1819, engraver
Angus, William, 1752 - 1821, engraver
Bartolozzi, Francesco, R.A., 1727 - 1815, engraver
Collyer, Joseph, A.R.A., 1748 - 1827, engraver
Ogborne, John, 1755 - 1837, engraver
Gray, Andrew, fl. ca. 1800 - 1801?, engraver
Reading, Burnet, 1749 - 1838, engraver
Leney, William Satchwell, 1769 - 1831, engraver
Noble, Samuel, 1779 - 1853, engraver
Warren, Charles, 1766 - 1823, engraver
Rhodes, Richard, 1765 - 1838, engraver
Hogg, James, fl. late 18th century, engraver
Simon, John Peter, 1764? - ca. 1810, engraver
Michel, Andrew, fl. ca. 1801?, engraver
Banks, Thomas, R.A., 1735 - 1805, source artist
Ibbetson, Julius Caesar, the Elder, 1759 - 1817, source artist
Sharpe, William, 1749 - 1824, engraver
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