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Samuel Middiman, ca. 1750–1831
after Joseph Wright of Derby, 1734–1797

Winter's Tale, Act III, Scene III

Etching and line engraving on moderately thick, slightly textured, cream wove paper
Sheet: 21 5/16 × 27 3/8 inches (54.1 × 69.5 cm), Plate: 19 1/2 × 25 1/8 inches (49.5 × 63.8 cm), Image: 17 1/4 × 23 9/16 inches (43.8 × 59.8 cm)

Inscrobed lower right: "39"

Lettered, lower center: "SHAKSPEARE. | Winter's Tale. | ACT III.SCENE III. | Publish'd June 4 1794 by John & Josiah Boydell, at the Shakspeare Gallery, Pall Mall & Cheapside."; letterd, lower left: "Painted by Js. Wright. | Clo. I would you did but see how it chases, how it rages, | how it takes up the shore but that's not to the point: Oh' the most | pitious cry of the poor souls sometimes to see'em and not to see'em: | now the shop boring the moon with her main-mast; and anon | swallow'd with yest and froth, as you'd thrust a cork into a hogshead | And then for the land service.--To see how the bear tore out."; lettered, lower right: "Engrav'd by S. Middiman. | his shoulder-bone; how he cry'd to me for help, and said, his name | was Antigonus, a nobleman;--but to make an end of the ship | to see how the sea flap-dragon'd it;---but first how the poor souls | roar'd and the sea mock'd them;--and how the poor gentleman | roar'd, and the bear mock'd him, both roaring louder than | the sea, or weather."

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Transfer from the Yale University Library and the Yale University Art Gallery
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Prints and Drawings
Associated People:
Shakespeare, William (1564–1616), playwright and poet
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