• The Three Witches appearing to Macbeth and Banquo -
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    Watercolour heightened with bodycolour and scratching out

    26.9 x 20.2 cm., 10 ? x 8 in.

     

    Provenance (as Fuseli):

    Canon Smythe, Sussex

    Appleby Brothers, London, November 1961

    Bernard Black Gallery

    Castellane Gallery

     

    Exhibited:

    London, Appleby Brothers, Early English Watercolours, Oct. ? Nov. 1961, no.105

    New York, The Drawing Shop, English Drawings and Watercolours, Oct. ? Nov. 1962, no.32

     

    This shows the Three Witches appearing to Macbeth and Banquo on the heath in Act I, Scene 3 of Shakespeare?s play. It may be an unused design for Boydell?s illustrated edition of Shakespeare?s plays, for which Westall produced a number of illustrations, including two subjects from Macbeth in the late 1790s.

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