Detail View: LUNA: Folger Digital Image Collection: [Illustrations to A midsummer night's dream] [graphic] / P. Marcius-Simons.

Digital Image File Name: 
81267
Source Call Number: 
ART Vol. a71 (pictorial content)
Source Creator: 
Marcius-Simons, Pinckney, 1867-1909, artist.
Source Title: 
[Illustrations to A midsummer night's dream] [graphic] / P. Marcius-Simons.
Source Created or Published: 
1908
Physical Description: 
page 6 || page 7
Digital Image Type: 
FSL collection
HAMNET CATALOG RECORD: 
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Creator (Hamnet): 
Marcius-Simons, Pinckney, 1867-1909, artist.
Title (Hamnet): 
[Illustrations to A midsummer night's dream] [graphic] / P. Marcius-Simons.
Place of Creation or Publ. (Hamnet): 
Bayreuth,
Date of Creation or Publ. (Hamnet): 
1908.
Physical Description (Hamnet): 
47 items in 1 v. : watercolors ; 25 cm.
Subject (Hamnet): 
Symbolism (Art movement) -- Specimens.
Subject (Hamnet): 
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. Midsummer night's dream, depicted.
Subject (Hamnet): 
Artists' books -- 20th century.
Associated Name (Hamnet): 
Meyer, Arthur, 1845-1924, former owner.
Notes (Hamnet): 
Subject: The subject matter of the paintings is abstractly illustrative, often featuring symbols in passages rather than actions. There are many portrayals of the moon juxtaposed with the sun. The quotation 'That he hath turned heaven into hell' is illustrated. Much of the work portrays elements of the natural and supernatural world.
Notes (Hamnet): 
ART Vol. a71 Washington, D.C., Folger Shakespeare Library, 2001. Extending the Book. DFo
Notes (Hamnet): 
Artist: Marcius-Simons is listed in some sources under the name Simons and is noted as exhibiting in London, Paris, New York and Bayreuth. He was a genre painter who did works based on the Parsifal story and the Ring cycle, this he notes in the paragraph above his signature on this item. Three catalogs of exhibitions of his works are listed in National Union Catalog. Grave's listing of Royal Academy exhibitors gives him a Northampton address in 1891.
Notes (Hamnet): 
46 two page spreads plus the two page spread of the cover which is done on vellum. The watercolors cover the entire surface of each page in the volume. They are fanciful illustrations, based on quotations from the pages illustrated. The quotations are often written in English by the artist. The work is signed on the last page: P. Marcius - Simons Bayreuth 1908.
Notes (Hamnet): 
ART Vol. a71 Washington, D.C., Folger Shakespeare Library, 1992. Fine and Historic Bookbindings (catalog entry 15:10) DFo
Notes (Hamnet): 
History: The watercolors are painted onto the surface of the printed edition of Paul Meurice's translation of Midsummer night's dream into French, 1886. The painting, however, was done in 1908.
Notes (Hamnet): 
ART Vol. a71 Washington, D.C., Folger Shakespeare Library, 2001. DFo
Notes (Hamnet): 
Provenance: The item contains an inscription from the artist to Arthur Meyer and was purchased by the Folgers from Maggs, July 17, 1924.
Call Number (Hamnet): 
ART Vol. a71 (pictorial content)