Folger call number: PR2755.K7 A2 copy 5, v. 4-7, 9-10 Sh.Col
Folger holdings ID: 342015
Artist: The only information available on the artist comes from his own hand and is written on the tombstone in the illustration to the graveyard scene of Hamlet. The inscription reads: 'Sacred to the memory of Poor Frank Herring of Bexley Heath Sept. 26, 1840'. Cataloger assumed that this is a morbid joke on the artist's part rather than a memorium to a deceased relative Drawings have been executed in black ink with the labels, identifying the act and scene, written in brown ink. Most of the items are labeled and all but 18 are either signed or initialed. 14 of the signatures are accompanied by dates, three dated 1839, 12 dated 1840, and one dated 1841. In the paper of one of the items an 1840 watermark can be seen (vol.3, before p.163) History: Drawings are copied after Kenny Meadows' Illustrations to Shakespeare which were published serially in paper parts from 1839-1843 in London by R. Tyas. Herring was probably a subscriber to the edition since he must have seen the illustrations as they appeared in '39, '40 and '41 rather than when the edition was completed in '43 or in it's later reprints of 1844, 1846, 1881 and 1885. According to Jaggard's Shakespeare bibliography, Meadows contributed nearly 1,000 illustrations. Herring copied only 114 of these 1,000. Herring's drawings measure exactly the same size as the Meadows engravings and were very likely traced, though traced well Provenance: Drawings are contained in an extra-illustrated copy of Knight's pictorial edition of Shakespeare. The edition has been extended from 8 volumes to 13 through the addition of Herring's works and numerous engravings by other artists. Although all the volumes are extra-illustrated only vols. 4-7 and 9-10 contain drawings by Herring. Several of the flyleaves bear the signature of James C. Hurst. The set was purchased by the Folgers from Thomas Thorp and is listed in Thorp's catalog no.57 for June of 1912 as item no.824 (Case 545) Published Work: Ex.Ill. Shakespeare, William. Works ... edited by Charles Knight ... [s.d.] Subject: Herring copied designs for all of the Comedies and for the Tragedies of Troilus & Cressida, Romeo and Juliet, Timon of Athens, Macbeth, Hamlet & Cymbeline. There are a minimum of 3 designs for each play and often as many as 10 This record contains unverified data from old cards and may contain incorrect or incomplete text. Please consult Curator for assistance
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former owner: Hurst, James C.
artist: Meadows, Josheph Kenny, 1790-1874