Posted by Laurie Frost on June 21, 2010
What these images have in common is that they all pertain in some way to the summer solstice or midsummer, starting with an engraving based on Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, courtesy of the Library of Congress (the source for the other pictures as well, unless otherwise noted).
Shakspeare [sic] – Midsummer Nights Dream Act IV Scene I–A wood – Titiania [i.e., Titania], queen of the fairies, Bottom, fairies attending & etc. 1796. Painted by H. Fuseli, R.A. ; engraved by I.P. Simon. LC-DIG-pga-02780
Century Magazine – Midsummer Holiday Number by Louis Rhead. 1894. LC-USZC4-2261
The beautiful Temple of Heaven, where the Emperor worships at the solstices, (looking N.), Seoul, Korea. 1904. LC-USZ62-72549
Stonehenge, Salisbury, England. bet. 1890-1900. LC-DIG-ppmsc-08828
The Castillo, looking southeast. Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico. ca. 1871 – ca. 1907. National Archives: ARC Identifier 523562
And while not quite as tied to the day’s theme as the other images, the midnight sun over Svalbard nonetheless seems appropriate to include.
Midnight sun in Advent Bay, Spitzbergen, Norway. Between 1890-1900. LOT 13432, no. 152.
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