Claudio, from "Illustrated London News"

Engraver William Luson Thomas British
After Marcus Clayton Stone British
Subject William Shakespeare British

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The leading London wood engraver William Luson Thomas here represents a dramatic episode in Shakespeare’s "Much Ado About Nothing" (Act 4, Scene 1), where Hero faints at the altar after being falsely accused of infidelity by her betrothed, Claudio. Based on a painting that Marcus Stone exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1861, the engraving appeared in the "Illustrated London News," the world’s first weekly news magazine, founded in 1842, whose pages often reported on art exhibitions.

Claudio, from "Illustrated London News", William Luson Thomas (British, London 1830–1900 Chertsey, Surrey), Wood engraving

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