An image of The witches appear to Macbeth and Banquo

James Caldwall

(England 1739 – 1822)

after Henry Fuseli

(England 1741 – 16 Apr 1825)

The witches appear to Macbeth and Banquo

Location
Not on display
Further information

Vol I, plate XXXVII, Boydell Shakespeare

In 1786 Fuseli was commissioned by John Boydell to paint a series of pictures representing scenes from Shakespeare’s plays. The finished paintings were unveiled in 1789 at Boydell’s Shakespeare Gallery in Pall Mall. Boydell later employed engravers to reproduce the paintings. Fuseli was particularly attracted to Shakespeare’s treatment of fantastic and supernatural themes which provided the inspiration for such exuberant creations as this illustration of Macbeth’s first encounter with the three weird sisters on the blasted heath.

Year
1798
Media
Print
Medium
stipple engraving
Dimensions
49.5 x 63.5 cm platemark; 52.0 x 72.0 cm sheet
Credit
Purchased 2008
Accession number
423.2008