A hand-drawn map of Stratford-upon-Avon. Copies are available at size A2 in two formats: flat, signed and suitable for framing OR folded in a colour cover. Please choose from the drop down box below. Flat maps come to you carefully wrapped and rolled in a sturdy postal tube.
Deciding what is an Italian play was not as simple as you might think! Shakespeare set many of his plays in multiple locations. In some cases only a little of the drama takes place in Italy, for example The Winter’s Tale, Othello, All’s Well and Cymbeline. The first of those three do appear on this painting, but Cymbeline does not because he already appears on my painting of the British plays.
Shakespeare aficiandos will have their own views on whether I got it right or not! And when they come to create their own paintings of Shakespeare’s Italian Plays, I will be fascinated to see what they put where!
So here, you can see: Antony and Cleopatra, Coriolanus, Julius Caesar, The Merchant of Venice, Much Ado, Romeo and Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew, Titus Andronicus, The Tempest and The Two Gentlemen of Verona. I was delighted with my Cleopatra, especially her headdress, and I very much enjoyed painting the swaggering arrogance of Petruchio as he carries off a kicking and screaming Kate.
While I was reaserching the Roman stuff I was intrigued to learn that Romans rode horses stirrup-less. I also learned that Titus Andronicus is the most violent story in the world EVER. The most vivid Nordic Noir imagination doesn’t even begin to match the savagery of Titus. *Spoiler alert!* His homemade pie, by the way, contains the meat of his victims. But this lead me to ask the question – did Romans bake with pastry? I know they very good baked bread – but pastry? Answers on a postcard please…
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When you visit the University of Oxford’s Natural History Museum its a job to know where to look - at the marvellous exhibits? Or at the magnificent architecture? In this painting you'll spot a dodo, some dinosaur footprints, the swifts that nest in the tower, a dinosaur skeleton and so much more! My favourite bit is the frog in the jar. What's your's? The title comes from Charles Darwin's book 'The Origin of Species' in which he wrote of his theory of evolution by natural selection: "There is grandeur in this view of life..." The print is last one of a limited edition (of 4) hand-made drypoint tinted with watercolour - 450mm x 700mm.