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An image of Titania's awakening. A midsummer night's dream by Thomas Ryder, after Henry Fuseli

Thomas Ryder

(England 1746 – 1810)

after Henry Fuseli

(England 1741 – 16 Apr 1825)

Titania's awakening. A midsummer night's dream
Alternative title:
Titania's awakening
Media category
Materials used
stipple engraving

49.5 x 63.0 cm platemark; 52.0 x 69.5 cm sheet

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Purchased 2008
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

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.

Bibliography (3)

Peter Raissis, Look, 'Diverse, individual and imaginative', pg.24-27, Newtown, 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

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