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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