Method Woodcut
Artist John Thompson after Henry Howard
Published c. 1826
Dimensions Image 65 x 81 mm, Sheet 103 x 168 mm
Notes From The Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare, edited by Samuel Weller Singer (London: Chiswick Press, 1826).

Inscription beneath image reads: Round about the cauldron go; / In the poison'd entrails throw.

John Thompson (1785 - 1866) was a distinguished English wood engraver. He trained under Allen Robert Branston, and then held a long standing collaboration with the artist John Thurston. He is believed to have engraved approximately nine-hundred of Thurston's designs over the course of his career. Thompson was also a popular book illustrator and produced the prints for William 'Yarrell's History of British Birds', 1843. The crux of his fame however was monetary, as in 1852, Thompson created the figure of Britannia which would appear on British banknotes for the rest of the nineteenth-century.

Henry Howard (1769 - 1847) was an English portrait and history painter. He was born in London, and from 1786-1793 was a pupil of Philip Reinagle; whose daughter he later married. He entered the Royal Academy schools in 1788, and exhibited their from 1794 until his death in 1847. He became secretary to the institution in 1811, and was made the Professor of Painting in 1833. Howard met John Flaxman in Rome in 1791, and the Neo-classical propensity of his works pays tribute to this encounter.

Condition: Small tear to top centre of sheet and small crease in bottom left corner, not affecting image.
Framing unmounted
Price £40.00
Stock ID 29965