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Title

Titania's awakening. A midsummer night's dream


Artists

Thomas Ryder

England

1746 - 1810

after Henry Fuseli

England

1741 - 16 Apr 1825


About

Vol I, plate XXI, Boydell Shakespeare

Titania, Queen of the Fairies, has just woken from her spell and tells Oberon of what she believes was a dream in which she was in love with an ass. Oberon points to Bottom asleep beside her and orders Puck to remove his ass’s head (it appears at the top centre of the print), thus revealing that her dream had been an enchanted reality. A group of ballerina-like fairies occupy the left side of the composition. On the right are gathered three evil fairies or witches, one of whom clutches her goblin offspring. In the foreground a group of tiny fairies use Bottom’s wooden clog as a boat.


Details


Alternative title

Titania's awakening


Date

1803


Media category

Print


Materials used

stipple engraving


Dimensions

49.5 x 63.0 cm platemark; 52.0 x 69.5 cm sheet


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 2008


Location

Not on display


Accession number

424.2008


Artist information

Thomas Ryder

Works in the collection

1

Artist information

after Henry Fuseli

Works in the collection

12


Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 3 publications

Bibliography


Peter Raissis, Look, 'Diverse, individual and imaginative', pg.24-27, Sydney, Jul 2009, 26, cover (illus.). illustration is a detail

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

David H Weinglass, Prints and engraved illustrations by and after Henry Fuseli, 1994. no.119