An image of Prospero, Miranda, Caliban and Ariel

Jean-Pierre Simon

(England pre 1750 – circa 1810)

after Henry Fuseli

(England 1741 – 16 Apr 1825)

Prospero, Miranda, Caliban and Ariel

Location
Not on display
Further information

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.

Year
1797
Media
Print
Medium
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
Accession number
8.2009