(England pre 1750 – circa 1810)
(England 1741 – 16 Apr 1825)
Prospero, Miranda, Caliban and Ariel
- 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.
- stipple engraving
- 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
- Accession number