King Henry the Fourth, Part Two, Act IV, Scene iv, from The American Edition of Boydell's Illustrations of the Dramatic Works of Shakespeare, By the most eminent artists of Great Britain, Vol. II

Robert Thew, English, 1758 - 1802, after Josiah Boydell, English, 1752 - 1817


original plate 1798; reworked and printed 1852

Engraving on paper

Plate: 22 7/16 × 15 3/4 in. (57 × 40 cm)

Sheet: 29 7/16 × 23 1/4 in. (74.7 × 59 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College: Gift of Lilla Willey



Shearjashub Spooner


Europe, Great Britain


19th century

Object Name




Not on view


Inscribed, in plate, lower margin, center: SHAKSPEARE. / Second Part of / King Henry the Fourth. / ACT IV, SCENE IV. / The Palace at Westminster.___King Henry & the Prince of Wales / Published April 23, 1798, by J. & J. BOYDELL, at the Shakspeare Gallery, Pall Mall; & No [o is superscript] 90, Cheapside.; inscribed, in plate, lower margin, far left: Painted by Josiah Boydell.; number, in plate, lower margin, far left: 65; inscribed, in plate, lower margin, left: P. Hen. O, pardon me, my liege! but for my tears / [keeling. / The moist impediments unto my speech, / I had fore-stall'd this dear and deep rebuke, / Ere you with grief had spoke, and I had heard; inscribed, in plate, lower margin, right: The course of it so far: There is your crown; / And He that wears the crown immortally, / Long guard it yours!; inscribed, in plate, lower margin, far right: Engraved by Robt. [t is superscript] Thew. / Histl. [l is superscript] Engraver to H.R.H. the Prince of Wales.


Lilla Willey, Thefford Center, Vermont; given to present collection, 2013.

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