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Act II scene i, Oberon: "Ill met by moonlight, proud Titania." ~ Titania and Oberon meet by chance in the wood. They have argued about an Indian child each of them wants as a page. All of nature is in turmoil over their disagreement.

I know a bank whereon the wild thyme blows, Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine, With sweet musk-roses, and with eglantine: There sleeps Titania some time of the night, Lulled in these flowers with dances and delight; And there the snake throws her enamelled skin, Weed wide enough to wrap a fairy in. -- William Shakespeare, A MIdsummer Night's Dream

I know a bank whereon the wild thyme blows, Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine, With sweet musk-roses, and with eglantine: There sleeps Titania some time of the night, Lulled in these flowers with dances and delight; And there the snake throws her enamelled skin, Weed wide enough to wrap a fairy in. -- William Shakespeare, A MIdsummer Night's Dream

John Everett Millais: Ophelia (detail)    Millais. Oil painting. 1852.    So beautiful! I've seen something like this in a movie once too. Enchanting.

John Everett Millais: Ophelia (detail) Millais. Oil painting. 1852. So beautiful! I've seen something like this in a movie once too. Enchanting.

Curator Amanda Doran, in conversation with Sue Bradbury, former editorial director of the Folio Society, discusses the illustrator Charles Stewart.

Curator Amanda Doran, in conversation with Sue Bradbury, former editorial director of the Folio Society, discusses the illustrator Charles Stewart.

This is a painting done in watercolor on paper by John Simmons in 1861.  It is titled A Midsummer Night's Dream - Hermia & the fairies.  In the 1860's and early 1870's Simmons painted quite a few fantasy subjects,which showed fairies and mythical animals in woodland settings. Simmons' use of light and realism gives his paintings a life-like, or dream-like quality.

This is a painting done in watercolor on paper by John Simmons in 1861. It is titled A Midsummer Night's Dream - Hermia & the fairies. In the 1860's and early 1870's Simmons painted quite a few fantasy subjects,which showed fairies and mythical animals in woodland settings. Simmons' use of light and realism gives his paintings a life-like, or dream-like quality.

Titania and Oberon 2, Josephine Wall    The inspiration for this image is drawn from the masterly writings of William Shakespeare. Whether he envisioned them the same, I will never know. The King & Queen of fairyland are soaring high with their winged entourage. With the beating of many wings and the heady fragrance of woodland flowers they gather for a moonlit revel.

Titania and Oberon 2, Josephine Wall The inspiration for this image is drawn from the masterly writings of William Shakespeare. Whether he envisioned them the same, I will never know. The King & Queen of fairyland are soaring high with their winged entourage. With the beating of many wings and the heady fragrance of woodland flowers they gather for a moonlit revel.

I like the different shades in the background could be done with lighting. Titarnia by Trudie Finch

I like the different shades in the background could be done with lighting. Titarnia by Trudie Finch

Elizabeth Shippen Green - Titania, the Queen of the fairies, with butterfly wings, in Midsummer Night's Dream.

Elizabeth Shippen Green - Titania, the Queen of the fairies, with butterfly wings, in Midsummer Night's Dream.

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