King Henry the Sixth, Part One, Act II, 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

John Ogborne, English, 1750 - 1817, after Josiah Boydell, English, 1752 - 1817


original plate 1795; reworked and printed 1852

Engraving on paper

Plate: 23 3/16 × 25 3/16 in. (58.9 × 64 cm)

Sheet: 23 3/16 × 29 7/16 in. (58.9 × 74.7 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. / First part of / King Henry 6th. / ACT II, SCENE IV. / Published Jany. [y is superscript] 1. 1795. by John and Josiah Boydell, at the Shakspeare Gallery Pall Mall & N. 90 Cheapside.; inscribed, in plate, lower margin, far left: Painted by Jb. Boydell. [b is superscript]; numbered, in plate, lower margin, far left: 68; inscribed, in plate, lower margin, left: Plant. Since you are tongue ty’d & so loth to speak, / In dumb significants proclaim your thoughts. / Let him that is a true born gentleman, / And stands upon the honour of his birth, / If he supposes that I have pleaded truth, / From off this briar pluck a white rose with me.; inscribed, in plate, lower margin, right: Som. Let him that is no coward, nor no flatterer, / But dare maintain the party of the truth, / Pluck a red rose from off this thorn with me.; inscribed, in plate, lower margin, far right: Engrav’d by J. Ogborne.


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

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