Highlights from Folger Shakespeare Library’s Release of almost 80,000 Images

Folger Shakespeare Library announced yesterday (12th August 2014), that they have released the contents of their Digital Image Collection under a Creative Commons Share-Alike (CC-BY-SA) license – basically meaning that the images are free to re-use for any purpose as long as you credit the Folger Shakespeare Library as the source and share under a similar license. This is a huge injection of some wonderful material into the open digital commons. Of course, there is plenty of brilliant Bard related content, but also many other gems from the history of theatre. Below you can find our highlights.

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Wood engraving based on the Felton portrait, most likely from the 19th century – Source

A pair of spectacles, or, The London stage in 1824-5, by Charles Williams – Source

Shakespeare supported by Tragedy & Comedy, from the design for a frieze by H. Holiday exhibited at the Grosvenor Gallery, late 19th century – Source

Mr. Cooke in King Richard III, artist and date unknown – Source

Scene from “Macbeth” at the Lyceum Theatre, London, by Faustin, 1875 – Source

Print by S. Dreher of Crentacoste’s model of Ophelia, ca. 1898 – Source

Mrs. Liston as Dollalolla: “I’ll spit, I’ll squall, and tear the eyes out of you all …” in Tom Thumb by Henry Fielding, 1817 – Source

Wood engraving of Shakespeare’s statue under a tree with swans, artist and date unknown – Source

Francesca Auriol, artist and date unknown – Source

The actors John Kemble and François Joseph Talma, as depicted by Henry Edward Dawe, 1832 – Source

Opera reminiscences – 1829 – to be continued, Desdemona, Otello, dedicated to the admirers of William Shakespeare, by William Heath – Source

Portrait of the actor Edmund Kean most likely dating from the mid-19th century, artist unknown – Source

A midsummer-night’s dream: act IV, scene 1: Titania: Come set thee down upon this flowery bed, a lithograph from Currier & Ives, date unknown – Source

Mr. Ducrow as the Brigand Chief from M. & M. Skelt between 1837 and 1840 – Source

Caricature depicting a scene from Hamlet, according to one source by George Cruikshank, but quite possibly not – Source

Romeo and Juliet, the tomb scene, act 5, scene 2, artist and date unknown – Source

Monsieur Chabert, the fire king, circa 1829 – Source

Gabriel Ravel painted by J.W. Williams, engraved by J. Sartain, date unknown – Source

The seven ages of man,published by William Cole, early to mid-19th century – Source

Alas, poor Ghost! R.W. Elliston whipping the legs of the Ghost who is being lowered through a trap, Hamlet, act I, scene 1, by George Cruikshank, 1857 – Source

Copy of Margaret Mather’s great oil painting, “The death of Juliet”, [Romeo and Juliet: act V, scene 3], circa 1890 – Source

Skelt’s combat in Henry M. Milner’s Chevy Chase, circa 1837 – Source

Coriolanus: Mother? O me mother? you have won a happy victory for Rome, artist and date unknown – Source

Mr. Phelps as Sir John Falstaff, artist and date unknown – Source