(England 1760 – 1840)
(England 1741 – 16 Apr 1825)
25.8 x 30.8 cm platemark; 28.8 x 35.6 cm sheet (irreg.)
The stylised depiction of the three witches from 'Macbeth' is based on the motif of overlapping profile heads as seen on Roman coins and bas-reliefs. Each witch is shown pointing with one hand and with the other laying a choppy finger upon skinny lips. The insect-like creature on the left was probably inspired by Fuseli’s passion for entomology. Fuseli was a collector of moths and butterflies and even reared in his house some of the rarer English insects.
David H Weinglass, Prints and engraved illustrations by and after Henry Fuseli, 1994, (illus.). no.73
Printmaking in the age of Romanticism, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Aug 2009–25 Oct 2009