|Artist||William Byrne after Edward Edwards|
|Published||Publish'd according to Act of Parliament March 1. 1773. by John Bell No. 132 Strand.|
|Dimensions||Image 130 x 75 mm, Sheet 170 x 110 mm|
A depiction of Act IV, Scene II from Shakespeare's Macbeth. In this scene Macbeth consults the three witches, an apparition appears of a bloody child, who calls Macbeth's name three times.
William Byrne (1743-1805) was a landscape engraver, and publisher who trained in Paris under Wille in the early 1760s, and then worked in London. He was father of the engravers Anne Francis, Elizabeth, John, Letitia and Mary.
Edward Edwards (1738 - 1806) was an English artist most known for his paintings. The elder son of a chairmaker and carver, Edwards was employed by John Boydell in 1763 to make drawings for engravers, and in the following year succeeded in gaining a premium from the Society of Arts for the best historical picture in chiaroscuro, which he exhibited at the Free Society of Artists in the same year.
Condition: Some staining to right side of image, time toning and foxing to sheet.