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Mary Hoare, 1744–1820

The Three Witches from Macbeth: Double, Double, Toil and Trouble

Additional Title(s):

A cavern. In the middle, a boiling cauldron, 'Macbeth', Act IV, Scene I

Part Of:

Collective Title: The Tragedy of Macbeth

Materials & Techniques:
Watercolor with black ink and scraping over graphite on thick, slightly textured cream wove paper mounted on moderately thick, slightly textured cream laid paper with contemporary drawn border
Mount: 20 3/4 x 24 3/16 inches (52.7 x 61.5 cm), Contemporary drawn border: 18 7/8 x 22 9/16 inches (48 x 57.3 cm), Sheet: 17 3/8 x 21 3/16 inches (44.2 x 53.8 cm)

Inscribed in brown ink, lower center: "Double, double, toil and trouble; | Fire burn, and cauldron bubble"

Signed and dated in black ink, lower left: "MH | 1781"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Drawings & Watercolors
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
barefoot | cauldron | cave | ceremony | chain | cloaks | dresses | fire | gesturing | hook | literary theme | Macbeth, Act IV, Scene I | Macbeth, play by William Shakespeare | magic | play | plays by William Shakespeare | ritual | smoke | witches
Associated People:
Shakespeare, William (1564–1616), playwright and poet
The Three Witches (characters in Macbeth)
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IIIF Manifest:

Shakespeare and British Art (Yale Center for British Art, 1981-04-23 - 1981-07-05) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Geoffrey Ashton, Shakespeare and British Art, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 1981, pp. 28-9, no. 76, PR2933 Y25 A74 c.1 (YCBA) [YCBA]

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