FUSELI'S MACBETH, BOTTOM AND OBERON WITH TITANA
Printed List of Plates, 17 plates all published as under, unwashed, contemporary linen backed, some little soiling and spotting, page 19¼ x 13 ins, 49 x 34 cms, folio, original cloth boards, rebacked with corners in red morocco,
James Woodmason's attempt to rival Boydell's Shakespeare Gallery with his own Shakespeare Gallery in Dublin in 1793, was not met with great success. The exhibition opened with 18 paintings expanding to 24. There were 5 by Fuseli. It was supposed to accompanied by a catalogue with engravings like Boydells. His clashes with Fuseli over the format and other problems, caused Woodmason to move the collection to London. However he and even the great Boydell enterprise foundered in the wash of the outbreak of the French Wars and with it the collapse of the Continental Print Trade, print saturations and a change in fashions. Woodmason closed his gallery in 1795 before much of his project had been realised. Of Woodmason's original paintings only 17 were made into engravings. Of the 17, 11 were published by Woodmason in August 1794 and the other 6 in 1817 under the John Murray imprint. 1. Near the Cell of Prospero, Tempest, Act I, Scene 2, engraved by Bromley after Peters, published by Woodmason Aug. 1st, 1794 2. "Val. Ruffian, let go that rude uncivil touch." Two Gentlemen of Verona, Act 5, Scene 4, engraved by Rhodes after Wheatley, published by Murray, January 1st, 1872 3. The Palace, Isabella, Lucio, Angelo & Provost, Measure for Measure, Act 2, Scene 2, engraved Fitler after Hamilton, Published Woodmason Aug. 1st 1792 4. Inside of a Prison, Measure for Measure, Act 3 Scene1, Fittler after Hamilton, Published Woodmason Aug 1st. 1794 5. Oberon, Queen, Puck and Fairies, Midsummer Night's Dream Act 2, Scene 3, Rhodes after Fuseli, partial colouring, Woodmason, Aug. 1st, 1794 6. A Wood. Quince, Bottom with an Ass's Head, Queen, Fairies, Pyramus, Thisbe, Puck and Snout, Midsummer Night's Dream Act 3, Scene1, Rhodes after Fuseli, Published Woodmason, 1st Aug. 1794 7. As You Like It, Act 4, Scene 3, Rhodes after Northcote, maginal discolouration, Murray Jan 1st. 1817 8. Winter's Tale, Antogonus, Child & Bear, Act 3, Scene 3, Hall after Opie, Woodmason Aug 1st 1794 9. Macbeth, Banquo "What are these...", Act 4, Scene 3, Bromley after Fuseli, Murray Jan 1st. 1817 10. King John, A Field of Battle, Act 3, Scene 2, Fitler after Opie, Woodmason, Aug 1st. 1794 11. King John, Hubert, Arthur & Executioner, Act 4, Scene1, Hall after Opie, Woodmason, Aug 1st. 1794 12. Richard IInd. A Room in Ely House, Act 2, Scene 1, Woodmason, Aug 12th, 1794 13. Henry IV. Part 2. Prince Henry "There is your crown...", Noble after Wheatley, Murrary, Jan 1st, 1817 14. Richard III'd In the Tent,, Sharp after Opie, Woodmason, Aug 1st, 1794 15. Timon of Athens, Timon, Phrynia, Timadra, Alcibiades, Act 4, Scene 3, Towe after Northcote, Woodmason Aug 1st, 1794 16. Anthony and Cleopatra, Charmian "Good Sir, give me good fortune", Act 1, Scene 2, Hall after Peters, Murray, Jan 1st, 1817 17. Romeo and Juliet, "O happy dagger!", Rhodes after Peters, Murray, Jan 1st, 1817 From a cursory Web Search it appears that the British Museum do not have a complete set. Of the 16 Woodmason Prints they show, 2 are duplicates, Richard 3rd, and Titania and Bottom. They do not appear to have Romeo and Juliet, Anthony and Cleopatra and Macbeth. The Folger Shakespeare Library online catalogue shows only 10 of the prints. They have a printed prospectus, but no other letterpress, titles, or List of engravings. See Scheidigger & Spice Fuseli p.222, & Weinglass Prints and Engraved Illustrations By and After Henry Fuseli.
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