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Living Paintings

Shakespeare Country

Suitable for: Adults

Sponsored by: The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association

Continuing our range of county tours we take you to the ever popular tourist area of Leamington Spa, on to Warwick and of course to Stratford-Upon–Avon. Here we find ourselves deep in Plantagenet and Tudor History, replete with Shakespearean references and performances including the well loved actor Sir Derek Jacobi. Perfect for theatre lovers and day-trippers!

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Who was this man, William Shakespeare, who died nearly five hundred years ago and is known in all the corners of the world? He was a man of mystery and there has been endless speculation about his life, the certainties of one age being overturned by the findings of the next. There is not a single undisputed line of his own writing remaining, although he left behind him 36 plays, 154 Sonnets and poems as well as other works. All we have in Shakespeare's own hand are six signatures. A score or more of his works will be being performed around the world at any one time and much is known about him, factually at any rate. He was born in Stratford-upon "Avon, on 23 April 1564, and was baptised in the parish church of Holy Trinity three days later. He was the third of eight children born to John Shakespeare and his wife Mary Arden. His father was a successful glove maker and wool dealer in the prosperous market town of Stratford and became mayor and a justice of the peace. His fortunes, however, declined and by the time of William's marriage the family was hard up.

What's inside

  • A collection of raised tactile pictures.
  • Audio descriptions with music and sound effects in your chosen format of either CD or USB.
  • An A4 large print colour image pack or postcard pack.
  • An ‘Articles for the Blind’ returns label for the free and convenient return of the box.

Touch to see image list

The Leam and Parish Church by Frederick Whitehead
Pets by John Kirk
Warwick Castle: the east front from the outer court by Canaletto
The Armour of The Noble Impe
The Warwick Vase – Anon
Effigy of Richard Beauchamp, Earl of Warwick by William Austin & Bartholomew Lambspring
Mary, crowned Queen of Heaven – Anon
Mourning Figure of Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick – Anon
The Flower Portrait – Anon
Costume for Richard II by William Dudley
Minature Portrait of a Gentleman by Nicholas Hilliard
Hall’s Croft by W W Quartremain
A Family Saying Grace Before the Meal by Anthoious Claeissins

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Shakespeare Country Thank you for lending me this brilliant and interesting album. I am sorry I kept it so long time, but I just found it fascinating and kept going back and back again discovering something I had not fully taken in before. Janine
Wonderful album The album enabled partially sighted residents to share in and benefit from participation in a group activity without experiencing disadvantages. The albums are educational, enjoyable and transport us either in time, location or both through the well thought out and clearly read scripts. Library Member
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