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Witches in a Hay Loft
  • Thomas Rowlandson
    1756 or 1757–1827
    born: London, England, United Kingdom ; died: London, England, United Kingdom
  • Witches in a Hay Loft, 1810
  • Where object was made: London, England, United Kingdom
  • etching
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 216 x 324 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 8 1/2 x 12 3/4 in
    Plate Mark/Block Dimensions: 245 x 350 mm
    Plate Mark/Block Dimensions: 9 5/8 x 13 3/4 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 270 x 417 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 10 5/8 x 16 7/16 in
  • Gift of David H. Weinglass and Marilyn Carbonell in Honor of Stephen Goddard
  • Not on display
  • 2017.0024
Description

This is a colorful depiction of witches in a hay loft. They appear to be male and female, though some figures are androgynous. Two witches are huddled beside a smoking cauldron on the right side of the image. One holds a broom in her hands. A snake hisses at them. In the center of the image are two winged male figures. They appear to be nude. Three witches are on the left side of the image. One is pointing at the two figures in the center. The other is poking their head out from behind rocks; their tongue is out. A figure wearing a hat and carrying a lantern is in the lower left corner of the image.