Following from the Shakespeare’s First Folio exhibition presented by Eton College and Heywood Hill at Sotheby’s Hong Kong in October 2016, the British Council is delighted to showcase six exquisite panels of Shakespeare’s First Folio from 12 December 2016 to continue the celebration of Shakespeare's 400th anniversary.
Shakespeare's First Folio was published in November 1623 by Edward Blount and Isaac Jaggard, both London booksellers, at the sign of the 'Black Bear' near St. Paul's Cathedral. Martin Droeshout's engraved portrait, which appears on the frontispiece of this book, is the only undisputed likeness of Shakespeare.
The First Folio is a posthumous collection of Shakespeare’s plays, assembled by his fellow actors Henry Condell and John Heminges seven years after his death. These panels include an introduction about Shakespeare and Shakespeare’s First Folio, images and sample pages to allow the public have a glimpse of the world's greatest literary artefact.
Exhibition Opening Time
Time: 09.00 – 20.00 (Mon – Sun, closed on public holidays)
Venue: G/F, British Council, 3 Supreme Court Road, Admiralty
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