Heath's Shakespeare

This was possibly James Heath's largest book project.  Originally launched with a prospectus in 1796 and with an exhibition at the Royal Academy of two of the initial plates 'Two Gentlemen of Verona' and 'Go bid the Huntsman'.  The project, involving the engraving of 22 relatively large plates, was not published until 1802 and was fully complete in 1804, being produced in a large six volume set (each volume approx 33cm x 26cm x 6cm).  The original publisher was GGJ & J Robinson but James Heath also sold some of the plates separately.  A later version was published in 1807 by John Stockdale and a further version was published in 1817 by J Murray, J Heath and Woodman.  A publication of the plates, together with Bartolozzi's plates illustrating Milton, was published in 1818 by H M'Lean.  The plates themselves consist of two sorts, some being full size with the engraved area at 21cm x 15cm while others are a half page oval with text below in the bottom half but still of the same overall size of approx 21cm x 15cm.

Front page of the Plays of William Shakespeare published by John Stockdale in 1807

Engraving of Midsummer Night's Dream Painted by Thomas Stothard RA, Engraved by James Heath.
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Early proof copy of the Engraving of Midsummer Night's Dream Painted by Thomas Stothard RA, Engraved by James Heath.
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Midsummer Night's Dream Painted by Thomas Stothard RA, Engraved by James Heath Engraver to his Majesty and his RH the Prince of Wales.
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Title Page

Midsummer Night's Dream

Earlier Partial Proof 

Midsummer Night's Dream

  

  

  

  

Engraving of The Taming of the Shrew Painted by Thomas Stothard RA, Engraved by James Heath ARA Engraver
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Engraving of The Taming of the Shrew Painted by Thomas Stothard RA, Engraved by James Heath ARA Engraver
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Winters Tale Painted by Thomas Stothard RA, Engraved by James Heath Engraver to his Majesty and his RH the Prince of Wales.
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Winters Tale Painted by Thomas Stothard RA, Engraved by James Heath Engraver to his Majesty and his RH the Prince of Wales.
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Taming of the Shrew

Taming of the Shrew

Winter's Tale

Winter's Tale

  

  

  

  

Two Gentlemen of Verona Painted by Thomas Stothard RA, Engraved by James Heath Engraver to his Majesty and his RH the Prince of Wales.
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Two Gentlemen of Verona Painted by Thomas Stothard RA, Engraved by James Heath Engraver to his Majesty and his RH the Prince of Wales.
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Comedy of Errors Painted by Thomas Stothard RA, Engraved by James Heath Engraver to his Majesty and his RH the Prince of Wales.
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Comedy of Errors Painted by Thomas Stothard RA, Engraved by James Heath Engraver to his Majesty and his RH the Prince of Wales.
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Two Gentlemen of Verona

Two Gentlemen of Verona

Comedy of Errors

Comedy of Errors

Macbeth Painted by Thomas Stothard RA, Engraved by James Heath Engraver to his Majesty and his RH the Prince of Wales.
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Macbeth Painted by Thomas Stothard RA, Engraved by James Heath Engraver to his Majesty and his RH the Prince of Wales.
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Tempest Painted by Thomas Stothard RA, Engraved by James Heath Engraver to his Majesty and his RH the Prince of Wales.
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Tempest Painted by Thomas Stothard RA, Engraved by James Heath Engraver to his Majesty and his RH the Prince of Wales.
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Macbeth

Macbeth

Tempest

Tempest

Twelth Night or What You Will Painted by Thomas Stothard RA, Engraved by James Heath Engraver to his Majesty and his RH the Prince of Wales.
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Twelth Night or What You Will Painted by Thomas Stothard RA, Engraved by James Heath Engraver to his Majesty and his RH the Prince of Wales.
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Twelth Night or What You Will Painted by Thomas Stothard RA, Engraved by James Heath Engraver to his Majesty and his RH the Prince of Wales.
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Loves Labours Lost Painted by Thomas Stothard RA, Engraved by James Heath Engraver to his Majesty and his RH the Prince of Wales.
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Twelth Night

Twelth Night or What You Will

Love's Labour's Lost

Love's Labour's Lost

King John Painted by Thomas Stothard RA, Engraved by James Heath Engraver to his Majesty and his RH the Prince of Wales.
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King John Painted by Thomas Stothard RA, Engraved by James Heath Engraver to his Majesty and his RH the Prince of Wales.
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Merchant of Venice Painted by Thomas Stothard RA, Engraved by James Heath Engraver to his Majesty and his RH the Prince of Wales.
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Merchant of Venice Painted by Thomas Stothard RA, Engraved by James Heath Engraver to his Majesty and his RH the Prince of Wales.
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King John

King John

Merchant of Venice

Merchant of Venice

 

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