Winter's Tale, 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

James Fittler, English, 1899 - 1982
after Francis Wheatley, English, 1747 - 1801


original plate 1792; reworked and printed 1852

Engraving on paper

Plate: 19 1/2 × 25 3/16 in. (49.5 × 64 cm)

Sheet: 23 5/8 × 29 7/16 in. (60 × 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. / Winter's Tale, / ACT IV. SCENE III. / Publish'd Augt. [t is superscript] 1, 1792 by JOHN & JOSIAH BOYDELL at the Shakspeare Gallery Pall Mall & No. [o superscript] 90 Cheapside London.; inscribed, in plate, lower margin, far left: Painted by Fras. [s is superscript] Wheatley.; numbered, in plate, lower margin,: 37; inscribed, in plate, lower margin, left: Per. Sir, welcome! [To Pol. & Cam. / It is my father's will I should take on me / The hostesship o'the day: you're welcome, sir! / Give me those flowers there, Dorcas.—Reverend sirs.; inscribed, in plate, lower margin, right: For you there's rosemary, and rue; these keep / Seeming, and savour, all the winter long: / Grace, and remembrance be to you both, / And welcome to our shearing!; inscribed, in plate, lower margin, far right: Engrav'd by Jas. [s is superscript] Fittler. / Marine Engr. [r is superscript] to his Majesty.


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

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