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Eight Illustrations to Shakespeare's Tempest

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  • Museum number


  • Title (series)

    • Eight Illustrations to Shakespeare's Tempest
  • Description

    Act IV. Scene 1. from Shakespeare's 'The Tempest'; nymphs and reapers dancing in a circle on grass among flowers; row of fruit trees behind; within decorative border; after Crane. 1893

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1893
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 167 millimetres (image)
    • Width: 120 millimetres (image)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered at lower right corner of image with 'C' encircling a small image of a bird, as a reference to 'Crane', and within frame of image at bottom: 'The dance of the nymphs & the reapers / Act IV Sc 1'.
  • Curator's comments

    See 1923,1004.15 for information about the series.

  • Location

    British Masters Portfolio

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Associated titles

    • Associated Title: The Tempest
  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number


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