Paul Woodroffe is perhaps best known for his stained glass; his most prolific work, a series of 15 windows for St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City, has no doubt been appreciated by thousands of people. That said, his work in book illustration is itself extraordinary, as this 1908 edition of Shakespeare’s Tempest demonstrates.
is one of the most frequently illustrated works of William Shakespeare. Some of the most famous illustrators of the
20th century have produced editions of the book—artists like Arthur Rackham
and Paul Woodroffe (whose work we have previously featured here), for example, both famously illustrated the tale.
One particularly lovely set of illustrations for the work comes from Edmund Dulac. In 1908, he illustrated this deluxe edition
of the play in his typical soft, fanciful style. Dulac was only 26 when this book was
released, and his career was just beginning; he would later become famous for
his iconic illustrations of fairy tales like Sleeping Beauty and The Little