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An image of The weird sisters by Peltro Williams Tomkins, after Henry Fuseli An image of The weird sisters by Peltro Williams Tomkins, after Henry Fuseli

Peltro Williams Tomkins

(England 1760 – 1840)

after Henry Fuseli

(England 1741 – 16 Apr 1825)

Title
The weird sisters
Year
1786
Media category
Print
Materials used
stipple engraving on red ink
Dimensions

25.8 x 30.8 cm platemark; 28.8 x 35.6 cm sheet (irreg.)

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Parramore Purchase Fund 2009
Accession number
422.2009
Location
Temporary exhibitions gallery
Further information

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.

Bibliography (1)

David H Weinglass, Prints and engraved illustrations by and after Henry Fuseli, 1994, (illus.). no.73

Exhibition history (2)

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