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William Kemp or Kempe, Elizabethan comedian, 1600

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William Kemp or Kempe, Elizabethan comedian, 1600

William Kemp or Kempe (d1603) Elizabethan comedian who danced from Norwich to London in 1599, (1600). Here Kemp, with bells on his legs, is dancing the Morris, and is accompanied by man with pipe and drum

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Comedian Drum Drummer Elizabethan Entertainer Pipe Pipe Player Piper Tudor Ann Ronan Pictures Kempe Morris Dancer Morris Dancing


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In this print, we are transported back to the vibrant Elizabethan era. The focal point of the image is William Kemp or Kempe, a renowned comedian of his time. With bells adorning his legs, he exudes an air of merriment as he gracefully dances the Morris. Accompanying him is a man playing a pipe and drum, their lively tunes filling the air. The woodcut portrait captures the essence of entertainment in 16th century England. It showcases not only Kemp's talent as a performer but also highlights the significance of music and dance during this period. The monochrome aesthetic adds an element of nostalgia, allowing us to immerse ourselves in history. Kemp's fame was further amplified by his extraordinary feat in 1599 when he danced all the way from Norwich to London - an impressive journey that solidified his status as a beloved entertainer. This print serves as a testament to his enduring legacy within the performing arts community. As we gaze upon this remarkable piece, we can't help but appreciate how art has preserved moments like these for generations to come. It reminds us that even centuries later, individuals like William Kemp continue to inspire with their passion for music, dance, and making people laugh.

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