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"The Tempest" (1926)

 

Illustrated by Arthur Rackham

 

 

Shakespeare's "The Tempest" weaves a tale around themes as diverse as betrayal, sorcery and witchcraft, spiritual forces revenge and

forgiveness - themes which revolve around the central character, Prospero.

 

Prospero is the sorceror who, prior to being stranded on an island after being betrayed by his brother, had been the rightful Duke of Milan.

 

After twelve years stranded with his daughter, Miranda, a spirit companion, Ariel and a deformed monster, Caliban, Prospero has the

opportunity to wreck a passing boat carrying his brother by conjuring a tempest to drive the vessel to annihilation - a thereafter begins

Prospero's journey towards reconciliation with his brother and the return of all to Italy through his magical powers of all those who came

hence.

 

Rackham's illustrations to accompany the Shakespearean verse are characteristically superb, with the magical themes and creatures of

"The Tempest" - including Ariel, the Nymphs and Reapers - depicted in a dramatically sensuous form.

 

Hudson ("Arthur Rackham: His Life and Works": 1960) made the following comment on Rackham's stylistic approach to "The Tempest":

 

In 1926 an exciting original edition of "The Tempest" showed Rackham experimenting in a

simplified dramatic technique that was refreshingly and effectively 'modern'. 

 

As illustrated by Arthur Rackham, the First Edition of "The Tempest" (1926) included 21 tipped-in colour plates and more than 20

monotone images.

 

 

Cover for ''The Tempest'' (1926), illustrated by Arthur Rackham

To the left, we show a rare copy of "The Tempest" illustrated by Rackham and published by

William Heinemann Ltd (London) in 1926.

 

This example retains the the original decoratively gilt-stamped dark grey cloth cover.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To the right, we show the illustrated

Title Page designed by Rackham.

 

Title Page for ''The Tempest'' (1926), illustrated by Arthur Rackham

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Our Greeting Cards and Fine Art Posters showing Arthur Rackham's

artwork for the First Edition of "The Tempest" (1926)

 

 

Greeting Card sample showing an Arthur Rackham illustration from ''The Tempest'' (1926)

 

 

For connoisseurs of Rackham's work, we have prepared sets of 21 Greeting Cards (approximately 7x5" on premium acid-free card stock)

displaying each of his colour images for "The Tempest" and on the left, we show an example of how these Greeting Cards appear.

 

 

 

 

Code: AR T CS(21)
Price: US$105.00

 

   

When presented on Greeting Cards, these images are prepared as tipped-on plates - in 'hommage' to the hand-crafted approach

typical of prestige illustrated publications produced in the early decades of the 20th Century. Each card is hand-finished and the

images are presented on Ivory card stock with an accompanying envelope. The rear of each card carries information about

Arthur Rackham, this wonderful suite and the profiled illustration - we have left the interior of the cards blank so that you may write

your own personal message.

 

Should you wish to order a reproduction print of one or more of these images, we have provided some options below. Each of our

Fine Art Posters is prepared with archival quality papers and inks - and also accompanied by information about Arthur Rackham,

this suite and the profiled illustration.

 

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In the meantime, enjoy perusing these wonderful images from Arthur Rackham.

Fine Art Poster sample showing an Arthur Rackham illustration from ''The Tempest'' (1926)

 

An example of one of our Fine Art Posters

in a superb 12x18" format

     

 

The colour illustrations by Arthur Rackham for

the First Edition of "The Tempest" (1926)

 

 

Arthur Rackham - 'Go bring the rabble, O'er whom I give thee power, here to this place' from ''The Tempest'' (1926) Arthur Rackham - 'Hand I not, Four of frive women once that tended me?' from ''The Tempest'' (1926) Arthur Rackham - 'Safely in harbour, Is the king's ship' from ''The Tempest'' (1926) Arthur Rackham - 'Re-enter ARIEL like a water-nymph' from ''The Tempest'' (1926)  

ACT IV: Scene I, line 37

Go bring the rabble

O'er whom I give thee power, here to this place

(Frontispiece)

 

 

ACT I: Scene II, line 46

Had I not

Four of five women once that tended me?

ACT I: Scene II, line 226

Safely in harbour

Is the king's ship

 

ACT I: Scene II, line 316

Re-enter ARIEL like a water-nymph

 

Fine Art Poster (12x18'')

Code: AR T 1 (12x18)
Price: US$60.00

 

 

 

Fine Art Poster (12x18'')

Code: AR T 2 (12x18)
Price: US$60.00

 

 

 

Fine Art Poster (12x18'')

Code: AR T 3 (12x18)
Price: US$60.00

 

 

 

Fine Art Poster (12x18'')

Code: AR T 4 (12x18)
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Arthur Rackham - 'Come unto these yellow sands' from ''The Tempest'' (1926) Arthur Rackham - 'Sea-nymphs hourly ring his knell: Ding-dong. Hark! now I hear them - Ding-dong, bell' from ''The Tempest'' (1926) Arthur Rackham - 'BURTHEN [dispersedly]. Hark, hark!' from ''The Tempest'' (1926)

Arthur Rackham - 'This music crept by me upon the waters' from ''The Tempest'' (1926)

 

ACT I: Scene II, line 376

Come unto these yellow sands

ACT I: Scene II, line 395-7

Sea-nymphs hourly ring his knell:

Ding-dong.

Hark! now I hear them - Ding-dong, bell

 

 

ACT I: Scene II, line 382

BURTHEN [dispersedly]. Hark, hark!

ACT I: Scene II, line 391

This music crept by me upon the waters

 

 

 

Fine Art Poster (12x18'')

Code: AR T 5 (12x18)
Price: US$60.00

 

 

 

Fine Art Poster (12x18'')

Code: AR T 6 (12x18)
Price: US$60.00

 

 

 

Fine Art Poster (12x18'')

Code: AR T 7 (12x18)
Price: US$60.00

 

 

 

Fine Art Poster (12x18'')

Code: AR T 8 (12x18)
Price: US$60.00

 

 

 

 
Arthur Rackham - 'For every trifle are they set upon me' from ''The Tempest'' (1926) Arthur Rackham - 'I'll kiss thy foot: I'll swear myself thy subject' from ''The Tempest'' (1926) Arthur Rackham - 'Alas, now, pray you, Work not so hard' from ''The Tempest'' (1926) Arthur Rackham - 'The isle is full of noises, Sounds and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not' from ''The Tempest'' (1926)  

ACT II: Scene II, line 8

For every trifle are they set upon me

ACT II: Scene II, line 153

I'll kiss thy foot:

I'll swear myself thy subject

 

 

ACT III: Scene I, line 15

Alas, now, pray you,

Work not so hard

ACT III: Scene II, line 144

The isle is full of noises,

Sounds and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not

 

 

 

Fine Art Poster (12x18'')

Code: AR T 9 (12x18)
Price: US$60.00

 

 

 

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Code: AR T 10 (12x18)
Price: US$60.00

 

 

 

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Code: AR T 11 (12x18)
Price: US$60.00

 

 

 

Fine Art Poster (12x18'')

Code: AR T 12 (12x18)
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Arthur Rackham - 'Sometimes a thousand twangling instruments, Will hum about mine ears' from ''The Tempest'' (1926) Arthur Rackham - '... and sometimes a voice' from ''The Tempest'' (1926) Arthur Rackham - 'Enter several strange Shapes, bringing in a banquet ... inviting the King, etc., to eat' from ''The Tempest'' (1926) Arthur Rackham - 'Each one, tripping on his toe, Will be here with mop and mow' from ''The Tempest'' (1926)  

ACT III: Scene II, line 146

Sometimes a thousand twangling instruments

Will hum about mine ears

 

ACT III: Scene II, line 147

... and sometimes a voice

ACT III: Scene III, line 19

Enter several strange Shapes,

bringing in a banquet ...

inviting the King, etc., to eat

 

 

ACT IV: Scene I, line 46

Each one, tripping on his toe,

Will be here with mop and mow

 

Fine Art Poster (12x18'')

Code: AR T 13 (12x18)
Price: US$60.00

 

 

 

Fine Art Poster (12x18'')

Code: AR T 14 (12x18)
Price: US$60.00

 

 

 

Fine Art Poster (12x18'')

Code: AR T 15 (12x18)
Price: US$60.00

 

 

 

Fine Art Poster (12x18'')

Code: AR T 16 (12x18)
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Arthur Rackham - 'Come, temperate nymphs, and help to celebrate, A contract of true love' from ''The Tempest'' (1926) Arthur Rackham - 'Enter certain Reapers, properly habited' from ''The Tempest'' (1926) Arthur Rackham - 'Go charge my goblins that they grind their joints, With dry convulsions' from ''The Tempest'' (1926) Arthur Rackham - 'You demi-puppets that, By moonshine do the green sour ringlets make' from ''The Tempest'' (1926)  

ACT IV: Scene I, line 132

Come, temperate nymphs, and help to celebrate

A contract of true love

ACT IV: Scene I, line 138

Enter certain Reapers, properly habited

ACT IV: Scene I, line 259

Go charge my goblins that they

grind their joints

With dry convulsions

 

 

ACT V: Scene I, line 36

You demi-puppets that

By moonshine do the green sour ringlets make

 
 

Fine Art Poster (12x18'')

Code: AR T 17 (12x18)
Price: US$60.00

 

 

 

Fine Art Poster (12x18'')

Code: AR T 18 (12x18)
Price: US$60.00

 

 

 

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Code: AR T 19 (12x18)
Price: US$60.00

 

 

 

Fine Art Poster (12x18'')

Code: AR T 20 (12x18)
Price: US$60.00

 

 

 

 
Arthur Rackham - 'Merrily, merrily shall I live now, Under the blossom that hands on the bough' from ''The Tempest'' (1926)        

ACT V: Scene I, line 93

Merrily, merrily shall I live now

Under the blossom that hangs on the bough

 

 

       

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Price: US$60.00

 

 

 

       
                       

 

 

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