Alas, poor Wombat…

This week marks the birth of William Shakespeare, so in celebration I shared several Pre-Raphaelite and Shakespeare related links on the Pre-Raphaelite Sisterhood Facebook page and Twitter. 

“Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio: a fellow
of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy: he hath
borne me on his back a thousand times; and now, how
abhorred in my imagination it is! my gorge rims at
it. Here hung those lips that I have kissed I know
not how oft. Where be your gibes now? your
gambols? your songs? your flashes of merriment,
that were wont to set the table on a roar? Not one
now, to mock your own grinning? quite chap-fallen?”

I have to admit, that scene is one of my favorites in Hamlet.

But as much as I adore the moment when Hamlet happens upon his old friend Yorick, my love for Ophelia remains unrivaled.

Hamlet and Ophelia by Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Hamlet and Ophelia by Dante Gabriel Rossetti
‘The First Madness of Ophelia’, Dante Gabriel Rossetti

And now for our weekly #WombatFriday wrap up:

Yesterday I posted about Ford Madox Brown’s paintings of King Lear in Pre-Raphaelites and the Bard.  

Wednesday I shared about the Pre-Raphaelites and Earth Day.

Kirsty Stonell Walker’s blog The Kissed Mouth reached its fourth anniversary and she posted a splendid recap of the past year’s activities.

Author Robert Parry wrote about his favourite Mucha.

Author Essie Fox posted at The Virtual Victorian about Dame Ellen Terry’s beetle-wing gown and Victoria Woodhull, the first woman to stand for the American presidency in 1872.

Since this week is all about Shakespeare, here’s Valerie Meachum’s ‘mono-vlog’ as Portia. Don’t miss this!

Also, time to dig into our pocketbooks:

Rossetti_Beatrice-thumb-150x180-8678Pre-Raphaelite Stunners are Among the Highlights of Christie’s Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite & British Art Sale on June 16

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