The free Victorian Illustrated Shakespeare Archive is a database that features more than 3,000 digitized illustrations from four major UK editions of Shakespeare’s Complete Works, published in the mid-1800s.The creator Michael John Goodman is quoted by HyperAllergenic writers as saying "
I wanted to create a new kind of
academic resource that could appeal just as much to Shakespeare scholars
and Victorianists as to artists, makers, and creators" You can search the collection by character or play and it gives a sense of the importance of illustration in a time when film had not yet been created.
H. C. Selous, “Bottom and Titania,”
from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”/The Plays of William Shakespeare,
edited and Annotated by Charles and Mary Cowden Clarke, published 1864