Winter's Tale, Act II, 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

Jean Pierre Simon, English, 1750 - 1810, after John Opie, English, 1761 - 1807


original plate 1793; reworked and printed 1852

Engraving on paper

Plate: 19 3/8 × 25 1/8 in. (49.2 × 63.8 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. / Winter's Tale, / ACT II. SCENE III. / Publish'd June 4 1793 by JOHN & JOSIAH BOYDELL at the Shakspeare Gallery Pall Mall & No. [o is superscript] 90 Cheapside London.; inscribed, in plate, lower margin, far left: Painted by J. Opie; numbered, in plate, lower margin, far left: 35; inscribed, in plate, lower margin, left: Leo. It shall be possible: swear by this sword / Thou wilt perform my bidding. / Ant. I will, my lord. / Leo. Mark, and perform it; (seest thou?) for the fail; inscribed, in plate, lower margin, right: Of any point in't shall not only be / Death to thyself but to thy lewd-tongued wife / Whom for this time we pardon.; inscribed, in plate, lower margin, far right: Engraved by J.P. Simon.


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

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