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William Shakespeare or Willy to his friends was one of our most famous playwrights and flamboyant fop of the tallest order according to Mrs Tingle who lived next door to him in Stratford Upon Avon. But did you know that Shakespeare loved Impossimals? We have taken the following famous quotes from his acclaimed work to prove a pointless point that needs pointing out to be pointless.

Romeo and Juliet

‘Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo?’

Juliet is asking Romeo where her favourite piece of Impossimal art has gone, she’s a simple girl and uses teen speak ‘wherefore art thou’ instead of ‘where is thou art’. The piece in question is in fact ‘So It’s Not Fancy Dress Then?’ One of the earliest Impossimal releases reminding Shakespeare of the time he turned up to a party wearing an oversized codpiece.


‘To be, or not to be; that is the question.’

Here Hamlet is actually looking at the Impossimal painting ‘The Naughty Step’ and after counting the stripes and noting the colour he then wonders if the Impossimal is indeed based on a naughty boy called Toby The Tyke. It’s often misquoted like above but the actual text when translated is ‘Toby or not Toby? That is the question.’

‘Though this be madness, yet there is method in ‘t.’

Shakespeare’s reaction on first seeing the ‘Rampant Jekylled Whatabanker’ from the Bloodlines Lost Impossimal collection. He further went on to say these praising words about the ‘Flamboyant Wonky Wonder’ after finding an Old Jamaica Bar and Sherbet Dabs in the paintings shop window…

‘What a piece of work is man! how noble in reason! how infinite in faculty! in form and moving how express and admirable! in action how like an angel! in apprehension how like a god! the beauty of the world, the paragon of animals! ‘

Richard III

‘Now is the winter of our discontent.’

Richard III finally realises that there will be no Impossimal calendar this year and wonders how he will manage, although he does have a nice set of Impossimal cufflinks on order so all is not lost.

‘A horse! a horse! my kingdom for a horse!’

News reaches Richard III that the new Impossimal sculpture ’99 Problems’ has gone on sale and tries to secure one before they sell out by riding to Ye Gallerie in Stratforde Upon Avone.

As You Like It

‘All the world‘s a stage, and all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts.’

Shakespeare explaining his vast Impossimal collection to guests at a special Open Impossimal event at his house. Never short of a flowery word Shakespeare uses this unusual approach to take his visitors through the Impossimal world explaining that they are all real people and you can identify individuals by noting their body shape, stripe colour, stripe amount, eye and ear colour. His guests are suitably impressed.

The Merry Wives Of Windsor

‘I cannot tell what the dickens his name is.’

Shakespeare famously quoting members of the public seeing Impossimals for the first time. In his notebooks he also pencilled in a few other quotes he had heard in his local Gallerie.

‘What the bugger is that monstrosity? Doth thy artist employ monkeys? Giveth enough monkeys and a brush and eventually thy may come up with similar.’ Heard after a member of the public saw an Impossimal painting for the first time in 1689

‘Look thy other way, tempt not a desperate man with your false nonnery.’ Heard at the ‘It’s A Stripe Thing’ exhibition in 1691 after the artist Petere Smythe turned up with a two foot codpiece and shoes to match.

Today’s education excerpts have been bought to you by Shakesbrush’s Bit On The Side, a touring exhibition that will be at Castle Galleries, Stratford Upon Avon this weekend starting Saturday 4th October between 1-4pm where you can meet not only Petere Smythe but his wifey Jayne Smythe. All are welcome to this free event that features artwork, limited editions and sculpture as well as an extensive collection of faithfully restored William Shakespeare’s Impossimal Prints for sale.

Go all olde worldy and come along on the day if only to point and laugh at his codpiece.

Castle Galleries, Stratford Upon Avon Peter & Jayne appearance and signing. Saturday 4th October between 1-4pm, all welcome!


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