(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
European prints and drawings 1500-1900, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 30 Aug 2014–02 Nov 2014