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Creator:
Peltro W. Tomkins, 1760–1840, British
after Henry Fuseli, 1741–1825, Swiss, active in Britain (1766–70; 1779 on)
Published by Thomas Macklin, active 1779–1793, British
Title:
The Three Witches
Date:
1786
Medium:
Stipple engraving and etching on moderately thick, moderately textured, cream laid paper
Dimensions:
Sheet: 9 1/2 x 10 3/16 inches (24.2 x 25.9 cm) and Image: 8 x 10 3/16 inches (20.3 x 25.8 cm)
Inscription(s)/Marks/Lettering:

Lettered in black ink, lower left: "H. Fuseli pinxt."; lower center: "THE WITCHES. | ___ What are these | So wither'd, and so wild in their attire, | That look not like th'inhabitants o' th' earth, | And yet are on't? Live you or are you ought | That man may question? You seem to understand me | By each at once her choppy finger laying | Upon her skinny lips. | Shakespear _ Macbeth. | London Published Augt. 30th. 1786 by T. Macklin."; lower right: "P. W. Tomkins Sculpt. Pupil of F. Bartolozzi."

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
B1976.1.206
Classification:
Prints
Collection:
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
capes (outerwear) | cloaks | gesture | hoods | literary theme | Macbeth, Act I, Scene III | moth | plays by William Shakespeare | pointing | profile (figure) | skull | witches | women
Associated People:
The Three Witches (characters in Macbeth)
Shakespeare, William (1564–1616), playwright and poet
Access:
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Exhibition History:
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Link:
https://collections.britishart.yale.edu/catalog/tms:25453
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