King Richard the Third, Act IV, Scene iii, from The American Edition of Boydell's Illustrations of the Dramatic Works of Shakespeare, By the most eminent artists of Great Britain, Vol. II

Francis Legat, English, 1755 - 1809
after James Northcote, English, 1746 - 1831


original plate 1790; reworked and printed 1852

Engraving on paper

Plate: 22 5/8 × 15 15/16 in. (57.5 × 40.5 cm)

Sheet: 23 1/2 × 29 7/16 in. (59.7 × 74.7 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Gift of Lilla Willey



Shearjashub Spooner


Place Made: England, United Kingdom, Europe


19th century

Object Name


Research Area


Not on view


Inscribed, in plate, lower margin, center: SHAKSPEARE. / King Richard the Third / ACT IV SCENE III. / Published June 4th [th is superscript] 1790 by JOHN & JOSIAH BOYDELL, at the Shakspeare Gallery Pall Mall & at No [o is superscript] 90 Cheapside.; inscribed, in plate, lower margin, far left: Painted by James Northcote.; numbered, in plate, lower margin,: 77; inscribed, in plate, lower margin, left: O thus, quoth Dighton, lay the gentle babes,-- / Thus, thus, quoth Forrest, girdling one another / Within their alabaster innocent arms: / Their lips were four red roses on a stalk / Which in their summer beauty kissed each other. / A book of prayers on their pillow lay; inscribed, in plate, lower margin, right: Which once, quoth Forrest, almost chang'd my mind / __But, O, the devil___ there the villain stopp'd / When Dighton thus told on, we smothered / The most replenished sweet work of nature, / That from the prime creation e'er she fram'd.; inscribed, in plate, lower margin, far right: Engraved by Francis Legat.


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

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