SHEDDING THE RIGHT LIGHT
There is hardly a pioneer’s hut which does not contain a few odd volumes of Shakespeare.
Alexis de Tocqueville (1831)
A slightly belated film in honour of the Bard’s birthday.
On the subject of suburban and Shakespearean activity, Sir Frank Dicksee (1853-1928), President of the Royal Academy, who painted this famous Pre-Raphaelite image of Romeo and Juliet, is buried in our local cemetery. He and several members of the Dicksee family, all of them artists, lived and worked in West Hampstead.
|Painted 1884. Southampton City Art Gallery|
His cousin Herbert Dicksee had as his most frequent model the young Gladys Cooper who is also buried in Hampstead Cemetery.
|Gladys cooper as Juliet and George Clarke as Romeo.
Photo by Bessano
|Spring in Hampstead Cemetery. Photo by EP|