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Prospero, Miranda, and Caliban, from The Tempest

A work made of graphite on ivory laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of graphite on ivory laid paper.


c. 1786


George Romney
English, 1734-1802

About this artwork

What appears to be a single multi-figured composition on this sheet are, in fact, two variant studies (divided by a vertical line right of center) for the shipwreck scene from Shakespeare’s comedy The Tempest.
On the left side of the sheet, Miranda, daughter of the magician Prospero, implores her father to stop the storm he has unleashed. A few vertical lines and a pair of heads in alternate positions suggest the figure of Prospero. To Miranda’s immediate right crouches the monster Caliban. On the sheet’s other half, Miranda clings to a more graphically developed Prospero. A curlicue at far right may indicate Caliban.


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George Romney


Prospero, Miranda, and Caliban, from The Tempest


England (Artist's nationality:)

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Graphite on ivory laid paper


39 × 57.4 cm (15 3/8 × 22 5/8 in.)

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Suzanne Searle Dixon Endowment

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