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An image of The witches appear to Macbeth and Banquo by James Caldwall, after Henry Fuseli

James Caldwall

(England 1739 – 1822)

after Henry Fuseli

(England 1741 – 16 Apr 1825)

The witches appear to Macbeth and Banquo
Media category
Materials used
stipple engraving

49.5 x 63.5 cm platemark; 52.0 x 72.0 cm sheet

Purchased 2008
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

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.

Bibliography (2)

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

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

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