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Peltro William Tomkins

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The Witches

18th century
257 x 308 mm (10.1 x 12.1 in.)

Peltro William Tomkins, British (English), (1760–1840)
After John Raphael Smith, British (English), (1751–1812)
After Henry Fuseli (aka Johann Heinrich Fuseli), Swiss, (1741–1825)

Object Type: print
Medium and Support: Stipple engraving on laid paper
Print impression quality: Good
Edition: Published 30 August 1786 by T. Macklin, London
Marks: Signed in plate, lower right: “P.W. Tomkins Sculpt. Pupil of F. Bartolozzi”
Bibliography: Not in Nagler (XXI, 188–90); see Ashton, Shakespeare and British Art (Yale 1981), cat. no. 49 on one of Fuseli’s versions of the painting exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1783 (10).
Credit Line: Purchase funds, 1968
Accession Number: 1968.17.1

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  • magic - Study and practice of ritual activities intended to control or influence human or natural events through the invocation of external and impersonal mystical forces beyond the ordinary human sphere; typical ritual activities include the manipulation of special objects and the recitation of spells. [October 1994 scope note added; related term added.]
  • occult sciences - Range of studies, theories, and practices involving a belief in and knowledge or use of supernatural forces or beings, the goal of practice being the manipulation or subversion of natural laws to achieve some desired purpose. [November 1994 related term added. October 1994 scope note added; lead-in terms added; alternate term added. July 1994 related term added. January 1994 related term added.]
  • witches - Those who practice witchcraft. [October 1994 descriptor added.]

  • plate Dimensions: 257 x 308 mm (10.1 x 12.1 in.)

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