GIRAUD, Jane Elizabeth. William SHAKESPEARE. ~ The Flowers of Shakspeare. 1845.
Hand-coloured lithograph print. Print size 310 × 230 mm, mount size 410 × 315 mm.
An original hand-coloured lithograph from Jane Elizabeth Giraud’s Flowers of Shakspeare (1845).
Wild pansy (’Love -in-idleness’) illustrating ‘Midsummer Nights Dream’, Act II, Scene 2, as the basis of the elixir which makes Titania, Oberon’s queen, fall in love with Bottom the ass.
‘Yet mark’d I where the bolt of Cupid fell:
It fell upon a little western flower,
Before milk-white, now purple with love's wound,
And maidens call it love-in-idleness’.
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