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King John, Act IV, Scene I
  • Robert Thew, artist
    1758–1802
    born: Patrington, England, United Kingdom
    James Northcote
  • King John, Act IV, Scene I, 1798
  • Boydell's Shakespeare Gallery
  • Where object was made: England, United Kingdom
  • engraving, stippling
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 572 x 413 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 22 1/2 x 16 1/4 in
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 0000.1778
Description

A man stands with one hand resting on some sort of pedestal or podium. He is holding his other hand on his forehead with an expression of exasperation. The cause of this emotion is the young boy latched onto one of his legs, clearly pleading about something. Two other older boys are facing toward the pair, seemingly the source of the young boy’s distress.