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Robert Thew, 1758–1802
after Sir Joshua Reynolds, 1723–1792

Shakespeare, Macbeth Act IV, Scene I

Part Of:

Collective Title: Iconographie Anglaise par Reynolds et Autres

Materials & Techniques:
Etching and stipple engraving on moderately thick, moderately textured, cream wove paper
Sheet: 19 15/16 × 25 1/16 inches (50.6 × 63.7 cm), Plate: 19 5/8 × 24 7/8 inches (49.8 × 63.2 cm), Image: 17 5/16 × 23 3/8 inches (44 × 59.4 cm)

Lettered, lower left: "Painted by the late Sr. Joshua Reynolds | President of the Royal Academy"; lettered, lower left: "Eight kings appear, and pass over the stae in order, the | last with a glass in his hand: Banquo folllowing. | Macb. Thou art too like the spirit of Banquo, down! | Thy crown does sear mine eye-balls, -And thy hair. | Thou other gold-bound brow, is like the first: - | A third is like the former: - Filthy hags! | Why do you shew me this" - A fourth? - Start, eyes! | What! will the line stretch out to the crack of doom?-"; lettered, lower center: "SHAKSPEARE. | Macbeth | ACT IV. SCENE I. | a dark Cave. In the middle a Cauldron boiling. Three Witches, Macbeth, Hecale, $c. | Pub. Decr. 1.1802, by J.& J.BOYDELL, at the Shekspeare Gallery, Pall Mall, & No.90, Cheapside, London."; lettered, lower right: "Engraved by Robt. Thew, | Hist. Engraver to H.R.H. the prince of Wales."; lettered, lower right: "Another yet? - A seventh? - I'll see no more;- | And yet the eighth appears, who bears a glass, | Which shews me many more; and some I see, | That [Invofold] balls and treble sceptres carry: | Horrible sight! Ay, now, I see, 'tis true; | For the blood -bolter'd Banquo smiles upon me, | And points at them for his. -What is this so?" | [Music. The Witches dance and vanish."

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Prints and Drawings
Associated People:
Shakespeare, William (1564–1616), playwright and poet
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