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The Winter's Tale

Eric Fraser (1902-1983)



Ink with bodycolour

5 ¾ x 3 ½ inches

The Artist's Estate by descent

Radio Times, 17 March 1966, for broadcast on Network Three on Friday 25 March 1996 at 7.50pm

'The Illustrators. The British Art of Illustration 1870-2021', Chris Beetles Gallery, November 2021-January 2022, No 171

William Shakespeare’s late romance, The Winter’s Tale (1610-11), concerns the chronic consequences of the jealousy of Leontes, King of Sicily. These turn from tragedy to comedy, as the action moves from Sicily to Bohemia. Then, following a return to Sicily, they eventually give way to a powerful reconciliation between Leontes and his wife, Hermione, whom he long believed to be dead. It is this reconciliation that Eric Fraser depicts in his illustration, as Leontes realises that an apparent statue of Hermione is actually the woman herself. The illustration was produced to accompany details in the Radio Times of a production of the play that was first broadcast on BBC Network Three on 25 March 1966. The cast included Stephen Murray as Leontes and Rachel Gurney as Hermione.

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