An image of Titania's awakening. A midsummer night's dream

Thomas Ryder

(England 1746 – 1810)

after Henry Fuseli

(England 1741 – 16 Apr 1825)

Titania's awakening. A midsummer night's dream

Location
Temporary exhibitions gallery
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.

Year
1803
Media
Print
Medium
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
Accession number
424.2008