Titania's awakening. A midsummer night's dream
1746 - 1810
after Henry Fuseli
1741 - 16 Apr 1825
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.
49.5 x 63.0 cm platemark; 52.0 x 69.5 cm sheet
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Not on display
Shown in 2 exhibitions
Referenced in 3 publications
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