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King Henry the Sixth, Act I, Scene IV
  • Robert Thew, artist
    1758–1802
    born: Patrington, England, United Kingdom
    Charles Gauthier Playter, artist
    died 1809
    active: England, United Kingdom
    John Opie
    1761–1807
    born: Trevellas, England, United Kingdom ; died: Westminster, England, United Kingdom
  • King Henry the Sixth, Act I, Scene IV, 1796
  • Boydell's Shakespeare Gallery
  • Where object was made: England, United Kingdom
  • engraving, stippling
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 445 x 595 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 17 1/2 x 23 3/8 in
    Mat Dimensions: 24 x 32 in
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 0000.1742
Description

A horned demon carrying a torch in its right hand points at a group of people with its left hand. An older person holding a long staff horizontally appears to have summoned the demon. A naked baby lies on its back on the ground at the person’s feet. Old men are gesturing wildly behind the person. A disarticulated skeleton is on the ground at their feet.