King John, Act IV, 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 James Northcote, English, 1746 - 1831


original plate 1798; reworked and printed 1852

Engraving on paper

Plate: 25 5/8 × 18 1/8 in. (65.1 × 46 cm)

Sheet: 29 7/16 × 23 7/16 in. (74.7 × 59.5 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. / King John / ACT IV, SCENE I. / A Prison—Arthur, Hubert & Attendants. / Pubd. [d is superscript] Decr. [r is superscript] 1 1798, by J & J. BOYDELL, No. [o is superscript] 90, Cheapside; & at the Shakspeare Gallery, Pall Mall.; inscribed, in plate, lower margin, far left: Painted by James Northcote R.A.; numbered, in plate, lower margin, far left: 55; inscribed, in plate, lower margin, left: Arth. O save me, Hubert, save me! my eyes are out, / Even with the fierce looks of these bloody men.; inscribed, in plate, lower margin, right: Hub. Give me the iron, I say, and bind him here.; inscribed, in plate, lower margin, far right: Engraved by Robert Thew, / Hist Engraver to H.R.H. the P. of Wales.


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

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