Prospero, Miranda, Caliban and Ariel
pre 1750 - circa 1810
after Henry Fuseli
1741 - 16 Apr 1825
Vol I, plate IV, Boydell Shakespeare
During 12 years of exile, Prospero accompanied by his daughter Miranda has ruled by magic over an enchanted island inhabited by spirits and the strange, misshapen, Caliban. Prospero is shown castigating Caliban, whose bestial nature is revealed by his pointed ears, claw-like nails and hooked nipples. Many of Fuseli’s canvases have deteriorated badly because of his faulty or experimental techniques. Of this composition, the only surviving fragment is the head of Prospero, now in the City of York Art Gallery.
49.5 x 63.0 cm platemark; 51.5 x 72.3 cm sheet (irreg.)
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Don Mitchell Bequest Fund 2009
Not on display
Shown in 2 exhibitions
Referenced in 2 publications
A. E. Santaniello, The Boydell Shakespeare prints, 1979, (illus.).
David H Weinglass, Prints and engraved illustrations by and after Henry Fuseli, 1994, (illus.). no. 117