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James Northcote, 1746–1831
formerly possibly after Henry Fuseli, 1741–1825

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
Materials & Techniques:
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 | gesturing | literary theme | Macbeth, play by William Shakespeare | magic | man | owls | plays by William Shakespeare | pointing | skeletons | skulls | spear | witches | women
Associated People:
Macbeth (character in The Tragedy of Macbeth)
The Three Witches (characters in Macbeth)
Shakespeare, William (1564–1616), playwright and poet
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IIIF Manifest:

Shakespeare and British Art (Yale Center for British Art, 1981-04-23 - 1981-07-05) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

The Fuseli Circle in Rome - Early Romantic Art in the 1770s (Yale Center for British Art, 1979-09-12 - 1979-11-11) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Geoffrey Ashton, Shakespeare and British Art, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 1981, pp. 37, 106, no. 97, PR2933 Y25 A74 c.1 (YCBA) [YCBA]

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) [YCBA]

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

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

Nancy L. Pressly, The Fuseli circle in Rome : Early Romantic art of the 1770s, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 1979, p. 100, no. 100, N6425 .N4 P73 (YCBA) [YCBA]

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