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James Northcote, 1746–1831, British
formerly possibly after Henry Fuseli, 1741–1825, Swiss, active in Britain (1766–70; 1779 on)

Macbeth and the Witches

Additional Title(s):

A Cavern. In the Middle, a Boiling Cauldron: 'Macbeth', Act IV, Scene I

Part Of:

Collective Title: The Tragedy of Macbeth

between 1777 and 1778
Pen and brown ink, brown wash, and graphite on medium, slightly textured, cream laid paper
Sheet: 12 3/4 x 16 1/4 inches (32.4 x 41.2 cm)

Inscribed in brown ink, lower right: "149"; inscribed on verso in graphite, center left: "37"; inscribed on verso, lower right: "NORTHCOTE, J. | MACBETH AND THE WITCHES"

Watermark: lion "Pro Patria"; crown "GR" (similar to Heawood 3700; similar to Heawood 3702)

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Drawings & Watercolors
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
bones | capes | cauldron | cave | figure study | Macbeth, play by William Shakespeare | magic | man | plays by William Shakespeare | skeletons | skulls | spear | witches | women
Associated People:
Shakespeare, William (1564–1616), playwright and poet
Macbeth (character in The Tragedy of Macbeth)
The Three Witches (characters in Macbeth)
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Mark (Andrew Mark), Ledbury, James Northcote, history painting, and the Fables, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 2014, pp. 34, 35, fig. 24, NJ18.N79 L43 2014 (YCBA)

Jane Martineau, Shakespeare in art, Merrell, London, New York, 2003, p. 63, fig. 29, PR2883 .S52513 2003 OVERSIZE (YCBA)

Jane Martineau, Shakespeare nell'arte, Arte, Ferrara, 2003, pp. 126-27, fig. 35, PR2883 .S525 2003 OVERSIZE (YCBA)

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