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Tamburlaine the Great, Part One

Eric Fraser (1902-1983)



Pen and ink with bodycolour

5 ¼ x 3 ¼ inches

Radio Times, 12 March 1964, for broadcast on the Third Programme on Thursday 19 March 1964 at 8.30pm

'The Illustrators. The British Art of Illustration 1870-2021', Chris Beetles Gallery, November 2021-January 2022, No 168

Christopher Marlowe’s epic two-part play, Tamburlaine the Great (1587-88), is a landmark in the development of Elizabethan drama, as a result of its ambitious use of language, its striking action and its complex ideas. It was loosely based on the life of the fourteenth-century Central Asian emperor, Timur, though Marlowe chose to suggest that he had originally been a Scythian shepherd. The second BBC production of the play was first broadcast on the Third Programme on 19 and 20 March 1964, with Stephen Murray in the title role.

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