It's Shakespeare's birthday

Behind the scenes

So here are some Shakespeare items from our collection

First this print by Eric Ravillious from the 1932 Golden Cockerel edition of Shakespeare's 'Twelfth Night'.

From an unknown Victorian album comes this reader lost in the power of Shakespeare's verse.

And finally this print of Shakespeare's memorial in Westminster Abbey, drawn by the French artist Hubert-François Gravelot (1699 - 1773) and engraved by Benjamin Cole (1695–1766). The scroll bears Prospero's observation on mortality:

The cloud-capp'd towers, the gorgeous palaces,
The solemn temples, the great globe itself,
Ye all which it inherit, shall dissolve
And, like this insubstantial pageant faded,
Leave not a rack behind.