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Immortal Longings is an artist-run London company specializing Shakespare & Opera illustrations.

What you'll discover: Delightfully dramatic Shakespeare gifts featuring the Bard's best loved characters. I'm passionate about offering inspired gifts for actors, literature lovers, teachers, poets, dreamers, dramatics and romantics. My Opera Series provides art for international productions, giving an illustrated style to the thrilling music and characters.

My unique Shakespeare Gifts and Opera Gifts include: Giclée Art Prints, Art Cards, our Leatherbound journals (which make wonderful diaries and sketchbooks), Postcards, iPhone Wallpapers, and More.

The artwork is created by designer Elizabeth E. Schuch, working with local artisans in the UK and Society6 in the USA to produce gifts. Elizabeth has worked with Shakespeare's Globe, The Metropolitan Opera, The Seattle Opera, The Royal National Theatre, The Guthrie Theater, and other venues around the world to create illustrations based in the world of drama.

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Monday, 26 May 2014

The Final Tragedy: Timon of Athens




In the Immortal Longings Shakespeare Series, only one tragedy remained un-illustrated, until now. 'Timon of Athens.' Inspired by the Cycladic Art Museum and some of the sights on a recent trip to Athens, I decided the time had come for Timon.  (It's a great museum for a visit, if you have the chance.)

Much of the artwork had sophisticated linework, with striking red/black/white colours, that I decided to keep that palette and the style of ancient pottery illustration in my version.
The dancing figures are Timon's fairweather friends and servants, and the border motif breaks down along the right-hand side, showing the unraveling of the edges of Timon's world. The joy of the party is undermined by Timon thoughtlessly spilling his wine (representing his wealth) into the ground, the rich vase is cracking, and  along the title, stones and grapes fall away off the page.