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Title

Prospero, Miranda, Caliban and Ariel

1797


Artists

Jean-Pierre Simon

England

pre 1750 - circa 1810

after Henry Fuseli

England

1741 - 16 Apr 1825


About

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.


Details


Date

1797


Media category

Print


Materials used

stipple engraving


Dimensions

49.5 x 63.0 cm platemark; 51.5 x 72.3 cm sheet (irreg.)


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Don Mitchell Bequest Fund 2009


Location

Not on display


Accession number

8.2009


Artist information

Jean-Pierre Simon

Works in the collection

1

Artist information

after Henry Fuseli

Works in the collection

12


Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography