The Witches' Cauldron or Incantation

A work made of mezzotint with touches of engraving in black on ivory laid paper.
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  • A work made of mezzotint with touches of engraving in black on ivory laid paper.

Date:

1772

Artist:

John Dixon (English, born Ireland, 1720/30-1804)
after John Hamilton Mortimer (English, 1740-1779)

About this artwork

The Romantic painter John Hamilton Mortimer etched a series of Shakespearean heads in the mode of Thomas Frye’s Life-Sized Heads. However, this encounter between a powerful, aged sorceress and a terrified maiden has no literary source. Mortimer invented it himself, possibly responding to a critic’s assertion that Shakespeare was the only English genius who could successfully depict the preternatural realm. Dixon published another theatrical mezzotint that same year, Mr. Garrick in Richard III.

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Artist

John Dixon

Title

The Witches' Cauldron or Incantation

Origin

England

Date

1772

Medium

Mezzotint with touches of engraving in black on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

610 × 485 mm (image/plate); 669 × 515 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

The Wallace L. DeWolf and Joseph Brooks Fair Collections

Reference Number

1920.20

Extended information about this artwork

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