Winter's Tale, Act V, 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

Robert Thew, English, 1758 - 1802, after William Hamilton, English, 1751 - 1801


original plate 1793; reworked and printed 1852

Engraving on paper

Plate: 19 5/8 × 25 3/16 in. (49.8 × 64 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 V, SCENE III. / Publish'd June 4, 1793 by JOHN & JOSIAH BOYDELL, at the Shakspeare Gallery Pall Mall & No. [o is superscript] 90, Cheapside.; inscribed, in plate, lower margin, far left: Painted by Wm. [m is superscript] Hamilton R.A.; numbered, in plate, lower margin, far left: 38; inscribed, in plate, lower margin, left: Leo. What fine chisel Could ever yet cut breath? / Let no man mock me. For I will kiss her. / Paul. Good my lord, forbear:; inscribed, in plate, lower margin, right: The ruddiness upon her lip is wet; / You'll mar it, if you kiss it; stain your own / With oily painting: Shall I draw the curtain?; inscribed, in plate, lower margin, far right: Engrav'd by Robt. [t is superscript] Thew. / Histl. [l is superscript] Engraver to the Prince of Wales.


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

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