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Title

The witches appear to Macbeth and Banquo

1798


Artists

James Caldwall

England

1739 - 1822

after Henry Fuseli

England

1741 - 16 Apr 1825


About

Vol I, plate XXXVII, Boydell Shakespeare

In 1786 Fuseli was commissioned by John Boydell to paint a series of pictures representing scenes from Shakespeare’s plays. The finished paintings were unveiled in 1789 at Boydell’s Shakespeare Gallery in Pall Mall. Boydell later employed engravers to reproduce the paintings. Fuseli was particularly attracted to Shakespeare’s treatment of fantastic and supernatural themes which provided the inspiration for such exuberant creations as this illustration of Macbeth’s first encounter with the three weird sisters on the blasted heath.


Details


Date

1798


Media category

Print


Materials used

stipple engraving


Dimensions

49.5 x 63.5 cm platemark; 52.0 x 72.0 cm sheet


Credit

Purchased 2008


Location

Not on display


Accession number

423.2008


Artist information

James Caldwall

Works in the collection

1

Artist information

after Henry Fuseli

Works in the collection

12


Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


A. E. Santaniello, The Boydell Shakespeare prints, 1979, (illus.).

David H Weinglass, Prints and engraved illustrations by and after Henry Fuseli, 1994. no.120