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Creator:
James Gillray, 1757–1815, British
Published by Hannah Humphrey, ca. 1745–1818, British
Title:

Weird Sisters; Ministers of Darkness; Minions of the Moon (Thurlow, Pitt, and Dundas)

Additional Title(s):

"They should be women! And yet their beards forbid us to interpret that they are so"

Date:
1791
Medium:
Etching and aquatint, hand-colored on moderately thick, slightly textured, cream wove paper
Dimensions:
Sheet (cropped to plate): 9 13/16 x 13 3/4 inches (25 x 35 cm) and Image: 8 11/16 x 13 inches (22 x 33 cm)
Inscription(s)/Marks/Lettering:

Inscribed in graphite, on back, lower left: "Gillray"; lower right: "MVGILL 2:135"

Lettered, upper center: "To H: Fuzelli Esqr this attempt in the Caricatura-Sublime, is respectfully dedicated."; lower right inside image: "Pubd Decr 23, 1791 | by H. Humphrey No18 Old Bond Street"; lower center below image: "WIERD-SISTERS; MINISTERS OF DARKNESS; MINIONS of the MOON. | 'They should be Women! and yet their beards forbid us to interpret, that they are so' "

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
B1981.25.853
Classification:
Prints
Collection:
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
burlesque | caricature | cloaks | cross-dressing | darkness | drama | gesturing | hair | hats | humor | literary theme | Macbeth, Act I, Scene III | Macbeth, play by William Shakespeare | men | meteorology | minions | ministers | moon | ocean | parody | political | politicians | posing | satire | science | storm | witches | women
Associated People:
Pitt, William [known as Pitt the younger] (1759–1806), prime minister
Thurlow, Edward, first Baron Thurlow (1731–1806), lord chancellor
Shakespeare, William (1564–1616), playwright and poet
The Three Witches (characters in Macbeth)
Access:
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Link:
https://collections.britishart.yale.edu/catalog/tms:43524
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