First Night Design | Beatrice and Benedick

Original & vintage art © First Night Design
Beatrice and Benedick © Sarah Vernon

This painting of Ellen Terry and Henry Irving as Beatrice and Benedict in Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing in 1882 is from The Library of Congress and enchanting in its own right.

The background is a blend of the interior of The Great Exhibition at Crystal Palace in 1851 from an old encyclopaedia — the venue was originally constructed in Hyde Park and the exhibition was organised by Prince Albert and Henry Cole — and textures from 2 Lil’ Owls.

As soon as I layered the actors over the blended background, it conjured up the likes of William Morris and Dante Gabriel Rossetti!

That I neither feel how she should be loved
nor know how she should be worthy is the opinion
that fire cannot melt out of me. I will die in it at the

Available at the following galleries:
Zazzle US
Zazzle UK
Fine Art America
Fine Art England
Saatchi Art

Take care and keep laughing!


13 thoughts on “First Night Design | Beatrice and Benedick

  1. Oh my Sarah what a great image. The layers work so incredibly well as I work my way through them – the colors and values are perfect as they give a nice level of depth. There is a lot to admire in this elegant piece of work. Love it ~

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  2. These are the colors I long for all day long until the sun is minutes away from setting. They saturate my walls with golden hues and warm honeyed tones. I would be so content surrounded by this beautiful piece of work, Sarah. And how fortunate it would have been to see this performance.

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