King Richard II, holidaying on a Beaumaris beach

Here are Arty’s sketches from the beach the day we did altered books together. He was drawing in a battered copy of King Richard II from the op shop. His drawings bear no relationship to the text except that he has created a few new versions of Richard II.

However, I found it satisfying in some cases to find a few words from the text to make a caption for the pictures.

half title page - I think this is Hagrid from the Harry Potter books.

half title page – I think Hagrid wandered in here…

Title page - King Hard (well hard!)

Title page – King Hard (well hard!)

Notes on the text: yikes!

Note to the third edition

Richard the Kid

‘Minor changes are these’

Love this fellow :-)

‘one usurping the regal place’

Possibly the most trustworthy of the kings on offer?

‘setting aside geographical considerations’

Page xxiii dog. He looks quite a lot like a xxiii dog.

Page xxiii dog. ‘equally wicked and foolish’

xxv dog sniffing... 'heaven-sent rights'

xxv dog sniffing… ‘heaven-sent rights’

xxvii dog

xxvii dog ‘She is more spirited than Richard’

xxix dog - very butch

xxix dog – ‘heaven helps those who help themselves’

The dramatic beginning to the text

Here commenceth KING RICHARD II

Act 1 - 'I have, my liege'

Act 1, scene 1 ‘I have, my liege’

Act 1 Scene 1, 'Pale trembling coward, there I throw my gage,'

Act 1 Scene 1 ‘Pale trembling coward, there I throw my gage,’

'Once did I lay an ambush for your life'

Act 1, Scene1 ‘Once did I lay an ambush for your life’

dogs perplexed

Act 1, Scene 1 ‘Lord marshall, command our officers-at-arms’

Act 1, Scene 2 'His deputy anointed in His sight.'

Act 1, Scene 2 ‘His deputy anointed in His sight.’

Act 2, Scene 2 'Farewell at once, —for once, for all, and ever.'

Act 2, Scene 2 ‘Farewell at once, —for once, for all, and ever.’

Act 2, Scene 3 'tic, tick, tic'

Act 2, Scene 3 ‘tic, tic, tic’

Wow, what a cliffhanger!


2 comments

  1. Wow! What a gallery of portraits Arthur, I am sure Shakespeare would be impressed – I know I am. I really like the expressions you have given them and I look forward to more.
    Love from Pa Ray.

  2. Hi Arthur
    What a great use of an old book. I love your illustrations and I love the choice of book: King Richard 3 by the great William Shakespeare. Love Nanna Gail xxx Good luck with your piano exams


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