25 April 2012

SHEDDING THE RIGHT LIGHT

There is hardly a pioneer’s hut which does not contain a few odd volumes of Shakespeare.
Alexis de Tocqueville (1831)

A slightly belated film in honour of the Bard’s birthday.

 

On the subject of suburban and Shakespearean activity, Sir Frank Dicksee (1853-1928), President of the Royal Academy, who painted this famous Pre-Raphaelite image of Romeo and Juliet, is buried in our local cemetery. He and several members of the Dicksee family, all of them artists, lived and worked in West Hampstead. 

Painted 1884. Southampton City Art Gallery

His cousin Herbert Dicksee had as his most frequent model the young Gladys Cooper who is also buried in Hampstead Cemetery.

Gladys cooper as Juliet and George Clarke as Romeo.
Photo by Bessano

Spring in Hampstead Cemetery. Photo by EP

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