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Shakespeare's Macbeth Act 1, Scene 1st
  • George Keith Ralph
    1752–in or after 1811
    active: England, United Kingdom
  • Shakespeare's Macbeth Act 1, Scene 1st, 1804
  • Where object was made: England, United Kingdom
  • etching
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 410 x 322 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 16 1/8 x 12 11/16 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 455 x 325 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 17 15/16 x 12 13/16 in
    Mat Dimensions: 25 x 20 in
  • Gift of David H. Weinglass and Marilyn Carbonell in Honor of Stephen Goddard
  • Not on display
  • 2017.0039

Three witches look at each other. They all appear to be male. They are old, wizened figures that seem to radiate power. They have snakes winding around their shoulders and appear to be surrounded by swirling clouds; they are only depicted from the waist up. The witch in the middle is slightly higher than the other two. His right arm is outstretched above him and his left arm is reaching forward. His nails are long and claw-like. The other two witches are slightly below him and to his left and right, respectively.