A painting of all of the plays of William Shakespeare in their approximate locations in Europe to celebrate the 400th anniversary of The Bard’s death in April 2016.
William Shakespeare is has always been a towering figure in my life; I too was born and bred in Stratford-upon-Avon and his influence permeated my childhood. And so it's only right that I, a girl from Stratford and a painter of maps, should attempt to paint all the plays on a single sheet of paper.
In the north you’ll see Macbeth in Scotland and Hamlet in Denmark. And in the south, The Tempest in the Mediterranean and Antony and Cleopatra in Egypt.
Each play is shown with its title, a quotation and a small illustration to give something of each play’s flavour. The bulk of the plays take place in the British Isles or in Italy, so to squeeze so many in to such a small space on the paper meant I had to distort the underlying map of Europe considerably, but what does that matter, this painting is not about accurate mapping.
Prints of this painting are available elsewhere.
watercolour on 300gsm paper