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Pequot Library Special Collections As You Like It

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Pequot Library Special Collections As You Like It

  1. 1. As You Like It By William ShakespeareIllustrated by Hugh Thomson Curated by Sara Hoegen
  2. 2. William Shakespeare; Illustrated by Hugh ThomsonAs You Like ItHodder and Stroughton of London in 1909,number 334 of 500 copies, signed by Hugh ThomsonFrom Shakespeare’s first folio, As You Like It was written around 1600. Althoughnot the most highly regarded or acclaimed of Shakespeare’s plays, this pastoralcomedy provided Thomson with a great amount of inspiration for his beautifullydetailed, tipped-in and covered drawings.There are 40 mounted color plates under captioned tissue guards that protect thesewonderfully detailed illustrations. The title page and introductions to sections alsoprovide the reader some pleasure though their intricately penned designsinterweaved with quotations from the text.
  3. 3. There are 40 mounted color plates under captioned tissue guards that protect thesewonderfully detailed illustrations. The title page and introductions to sections alsoprovide the reader some pleasure though their intricately penned designsinterweaved with quotations from the text.Thomson’s drawings were exhibited on several occasions from the early 1890s andonward, the first was a joint exhibition with Kate Greenaway at the Fine Art Societyin 1891.J. M. Barrie, the author of Peter Pan (and many other outstanding works that wereovershadowed by that better known work) was a great admirer of Hugh Thomsonand his works. Writing to M. H. Spiellman, who wrote the memoir of Hugh Thomson,Hugh Thomson: his art, his letters, his humor and his charm, with Walter Jerrold in1931, he noted:He was a man who drew affection at first sight, so unworldly, so diffident, you smileover him and love him as if he were one of his own delicious pictures. What the manwas came out in his face and in all his attractive ways; it might be said of him thathe was himself the best picture he ever made. His heart was the gentlest, the mosthumorous and so was he…Student Curator: Sara Hoegen

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