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The Cleveland Press Shakespeare Photographs from Cleveland State University Library.
The site includes approximately 400 images from publicity photographs featuring regional production companies --Cleveland's Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival, the Stratford Festival in Ontario, Canada and others; New York stage productions; motion pictures; and televised productions including several highly praised series (The Shakespeare Plays, Hallmark Hall of Fame, etc.). Notable actors and artists include: Judith Anderson, Peggy Ashcroft, Richard Burton, Claire Bloom, Katherine Cornell, Maurice Evans, John Gielgud, Leslie Howard, Rudolf Nureyev, Laurence Olivier, Leontyne Price, Paul Robeson, and Maggie Smith.

Use Google Image Search to find photos, playbills, and portraits of Shakespeare and his plays:

Bibliography: Images from the Folger Shakespeare Library

Infinite Variety: Exploring the Folger Shakespeare Library. Edited by Esther Ferington. Washington, D.C.: The Folger Shakespeare Library, 2002; distributed by University of Washington Press, Seattle. This work, lavishly illustrated with items from the Folger collection, also covers the history of the Library to date.

Shakespeare: The Globe and the World, by Samuel Schoenbaum. New York: Folger Shakespeare Library, Oxford University Press, 1979. Perhaps the best general source for Folger Library images of Shakespeare and his times.

A Catalogue of Paintings in the Folger Shakespeare Library: "As Imagination Bodies Forth," by William L. Pressly. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1993. A comprehensive catalog of paintings in the Folger Library.

Tales from Shakespeare, by Charles and Mary Lamb. Folger Books. Washington, D.C.: The Folger Shakespeare Library, 1979. A 19th century children’s retelling of 20 of the plays, with frequent illustrations from the Folger collection.

The Widening Circle: The Story of the Folger Shakespeare Library and Its Collections, by Betty Ann Kane. Washington, D.C.: The Folger Shakespeare Library, 1976.

Any play in the New Folger Library Shakespeare series of Shakespeare’s plays, edited by Barbara A. Mowat and Paul Werstine. New York: Washington Square Press, published by Pocket Books. These editions of Shakespeare’s plays contain graphics illustrating the meaning of phrases, words and references in each play.

The First Folio of Shakespeare, prepared by Charlton Hinman. 2nd Ed. New York: W. W. Norton & Co., 1996. This book, also known as The Norton Facsimile, contains a facsimile photograph of each page of the 1623 edition of Shakespeare’s Works, taken from the copies in the Folger Library collection. Included is the famous Droeshout engraving of Shakespeare on the title page.


Folger Library Exhibition Catalogs:

Folger’s Choice: Favorites on Our Fifty-fifth Anniversary. Washington, DC.: The Folger Shakespeare Library, 1987. Photographs and descriptions of 54 items from the Folger collections.

A Decade of Collecting: Celebrating Ten Years of Acquisitions 1990-1999. Washington, D.C.: The Folger Shakespeare Library, 2000.

Elizabethan Households: An Anthology, by Lena Cowen Orlin. Washington, D.C.: The Folger Shakespeare Library, 1995; distributed by University of Washington Press, Seattle. A catalog of an exhibition on private life in Elizabethan England.

Fooles and Fricassees: Food in Shakespeare’s England, edited by Mary Anne Caton. Washington, D.C.: The Folger Shakespeare Library, 1999; distributed by University of Washington Press, Seattle.

Roasting the Swan of Avon: Shakespeare’s Redoubtable Enemies and Dubious Friends, by Bruce R. Smith. Edited by Rachel Doggett. Washington, D.C.: The Folger Shakespeare Library, 1994.

Shakespeare’s Unruly Women, by Georgianna Ziegler with Frances E. Dolan and Jeanne Addison Roberts. Washington, D.C.: The Folger Shakespeare Library, 1997; distributed by University of Washington Press, Seattle.

Impressions of Wenceslaus Hollar, by Rachel Doggett, Julie L. Biggs, and Carol Brobeck. Washington, D.C.: The Folger Shakespeare Library, 1996; distributed by University of Washington Press, Seattle.

"Designs from Fancy:" George Romney’s Shakespearean Drawings, by Yvonne Romney Dixon. Washington, D.C.: The Folger Shakespeare Library, 1998; distributed by University of Washington Press, Seattle.

Last Update:October 12, 2011