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Mary Hoare, 1744–1820

The Apparition of the Armed Head: Macbeth

Additional Title(s):

A Cavern. In the Middle, a Boiling Cauldron, 'Macbeth', Act IV, Scene I

Part Of:

Collective Title: The Tragedy of Macbeth

ca. 1781
Watercolor, pen and black ink, and graphite, with scraping on moderately thick, slightly textured, cream wove paper mounted on moderately thick, slightly textured cream laid paper with contemporary drawn border
Mount: 16 × 13 inches (40.6 × 33 cm), Contemporary drawn border: 14 1/2 × 12 1/8 inches (36.8 × 30.8 cm), Sheet: 13 3/8 x 11 inches (33.9 x 28 cm)

Inscribed in pen and black ink, lower center: "Macb: Tell me thou unknown power___ | Witch: He knows thy thought; | Hear his speech, but say thou nought"; in graphite, lower right: "Macbeth"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Drawings & Watercolors
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
armor | cauldron | cave | chain | cloaks | fear | fire | hallucination | head | helmet | hook | literary theme | Macbeth, Act IV, Scene I | magic | man | play | plays by William Shakespeare | plume | smoke | soldier | surprise | The Tragedy of Macbeth | vision | witches | women
Associated People:
Macbeth (character in The Tragedy of Macbeth)
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. 29, 87, no. 77, PR2933 Y25 A74 c.1 (YCBA) [YCBA]

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