King Henry the Sixth, Part Two, Act I, 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

Charles Gautier Playter, English, died 1809, Robert Thew, English, 1758 - 1802, after John Opie, English, 1761 - 1807


original plate 1796; reworked and printed 1852

Engraving on paper

Plate: 19 1/2 × 25 1/16 in. (49.5 × 63.6 cm)

Sheet: 23 7/16 × 29 7/16 in. (59.5 × 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. / Second Part of / King Henry the Sixth. / Act I. Scene IV. / Mother Jourdain, Hume, Southwell, Bolingbroke & Eleanor. / Published Decr. [r is superscript] 1, 1796 by John & Josiah Boydell, at the Shakspeare Gallery, Pall Mall & N. 90 Cheapside.; inscribed, in plate, lower margin, far left: Painted by John Opie R.A.; numbered, in plate, lower margin, far left: 70; inscribed, in plate, lower margin, left: Spir. Adsum. / M. Jourd. Asmath. / By the eternal God, whose name and power; inscribed, in plate, lower margin, right: Thou tremblest at, answer that. I shall ask; / For till thou speak thou shalt not pass from hence. / Spir. Ask what thou wilt. – That I had said and done.


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

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