Hermia and Lysander

John Simmons (British, 1823-1876) – Hermia and Lysander, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 1870 (Watercolor heightened with gouache on paper laid down on canvas) – Shakespeare’s forbidden lovers Lysander and Hermia travel through the enchanted wood to find safe haven. They find themselves lost and decide to sleep, oblivious to the surrounding multitude of fairies and woodland creatures. Lysander holds Hermia’s ringed finger while touching the loamy moss of the forest floor explaining “One turf shall serve as pillow for us both;/One heart, one bed, two bosoms, and one troth.”

John Simmons  - Hermia and Lysander, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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