King Henry the Eighth, Act III, Scene i, 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 Reverend Matthew William Peters, English, 1742 - 1814


original plate 1796; reworked and printed 1852

Engraving on paper

Plate: 19 1/2 × 4 1/8 in. (49.5 × 10.5 cm)

Sheet: 23 5/8 × 29 7/16 in. (60 × 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. / King Henry the Eighth. / ACT III, SCENE I. / A Room in the Queen's Apartments. / The Queen and some of her Women at Work___Cardinals Wolsey & Campeius. / Published June 4 1796, by J. & J. BOYDELL, at the Shakspeare Gallery, Pall Mall; and at No. [o is superscript] 90, Cheapside, London.; inscribed, in plate, lower margin, far left: Painted by the Revd. [d is superscript] Willm. [m is superscript] Peters; numbered, in plate, lower margin,: 80; inscribed, in plate, lower margin, left: Q. Cath. Ye tell me what ye wish forboth, my ruin: / Is this your christian councel? Out upon ye!; inscribed, in plate, lower margin, right: Heaven is above all yet, there sits a judge, / That no king can corrupt.; inscribed, in plate, lower margin, far right: Engraved by Robert Thew. / Historical Engraver to H.R.H. the Prince of Wales.


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

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