King Lear, Act I, Scene i

Richard Earlom, English, 1743 - 1822
after Henry Fuseli, Swiss, 1741 - 1825



Stipple engraving on paper

Image: 17 5/8 × 23 1/2 in. (44.7 × 59.7 cm)

Plate: 19 3/4 × 9 3/16 in. (50.2 × 23.3 cm)

Sheet (Irreg.): 23 1/16 × 34 1/4 in. (58.5 × 87 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Purchased through the Class of 1935 Memorial Fund



John and Josiah Boydell, London, England


Place Made: England, United Kingdom, Europe



Object Name


Research Area


Not on view


Titled, in ink, lower center margin: SHAKSPEARE. / King Lear. [in script] / ACT I. SCENE I.; inscribed, in ink, lower left margin: Painted by Hy. [y is superscript] Fuseli.; inscribed, in ink, lower right margin: Engraved by Rd. [d is superscript] Earlom.; inscribed, in ink, lower right margin: Lear. Let it be so__Thy truth then by thy dower: / For by the sacred radiance of the sun; / The mysteries of Hecate, and the night; / By all the operations of the orbs, / From whom we do exist, and cease to be; [all in script except Lear]; inscribed, in ink, lower right margin: Here I disclaim all my paternal care, / Propinquity and property of blood, / And as a stranger to my heart and me / Hold thee, from this, for ever. [all in script]; inscribed, in ink, lower center margin: Published Augt. [t is superscript] 1. 1792. by JOHN & JOSIAH BOYDELL at the Shakspeare Gallery Pall Mall. & No. [o is superscript] 90. Cheapside London.; numbered, in ink, upper right margin: 38 63 [63 has double strikethrough]; inscribed, in graphite, on mount, lower left: Richard Earlom 1743-1822 King Lear Act I. Scene I. [title underscored] 1788 After Fuseli, Stipple engraving.

Course History

ARTH 41.03, European Art 1750 - 1850, Allan Doyle, Summer 2019

Published References

Rubenstein, Print Quarterly, vol. VIII, no. 1, p. 21.


Carolyn Bullard Fine Prints and Drawings, Dallas, Texas; sold to present collection, 2005.

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