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Shakespeare Connected - Storms and Watercolours: Visualising Shakespeare's Nature

A Scene from The Tempest, watercolour by John Masey Wright. 1810-1866.

This romanticized, ethereal image of Miranda, Prospero and Ariel in The Tempest offers a stark contrast to the usually vivid, threatening depictions of the perilous storm referenced in its title. John Masey Wright, a noted member of the Watercolour Society, produced several depictions of scenes from Shakespeare’s plays. His use of watercolours, which were growing in popularity in the nineteenth century, explored the delicate presentation of light. In the swirling clouds, we can see deep greys and blues in the distance, implying that despite the softness created by watercolours, nature still has impressive power in this image.


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