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Creator:
Benjamin Smith, 1775–1833, British
after George Romney, 1734–1802, British
Title:
"Tempest", Act I, Scene I
Date:
1797
Medium:
Engraving and stipple engraving on moderately thick, slightly textured, cream, wove paper
Dimensions:
Sheet: 20 × 25 7/8 inches (50.8 × 65.7 cm) and Image: 17 3/16 × 23 1/16 inches (43.7 × 58.6 cm)
Inscription(s)/Marks/Lettering:

Inscribed in graphite, verso, lower right: "RS 3749"

Lettered, lower left: "Painted by G.Romney. | Ari. Not a soul | But felt a fever of the mad, and play'd | Some bricks of desperation: All, but mariners, | Plung'd in the foaming brine, and quit the vessel,"; lettered, lower center: "SHAKSPEARE. | Tempest. | ACT I. SCENE I. | The inchanted Island: before the Cell of Prospero.--Prospero & Miranda. | Pubd. Sept. 29.1797, by J.& J.BOYDELL, Shakspeare Gallery, Pall Mall; and No.90, Cheapside."; lettered, lower right: "Engraved by B.Smith. | Then all a-fire with me: the King's son, Ferdinand, | With hair up-starting (then like reeds, not hair) | Was the first man that leap'd; cry'd, Hell is empty, | And all the devils are here.""

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
B1976.1.202
Classification:
Prints
Collection:
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
literary theme | The Tempest, play by William Shakespeare | theater (discipline)
Associated People:
Shakespeare, William (1564–1616), playwright and poet
Access:
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Alex Kidson, George Romney : a complete catalogue of his paintings, The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, New Haven, 2015, v. 3, pp. 783-86, fig. 1736.1, NJ18.R65 A12 +K54 2015 v.1-3 (YCBA)

Link:
https://collections.britishart.yale.edu/catalog/tms:25450
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