Edgar

A work made of etching on cream wove paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of etching on cream wove paper.

Date:

May 20, 1775; published 1809

Artist:

John Hamilton Mortimer
English, 1740-1779

About this artwork

John Hamilton Mortimer’s Twelve Heads series of etchings depicting Shakespearian characters exemplifies the subjects’ heightened thought and passion. Three of the Heads include Caliban, a loyal but unruly savage from The Tempest; Edgar, the son of Gloucester who feigns madness in King Lear; and the poet played by Theseus in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Their intense expressions and the oval cropping draw the viewer’s focus into the theatrical action that the prints reference. The accompanying excerpts tie the characters to a particular scene from their respective plays, blending written and visual art.

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Artist

John Hamilton Mortimer

Title

Edgar

Origin

England

Date

1809

Medium

Etching on cream wove paper

Dimensions

400 × 321 mm (plate); 596 × 438 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Mary S. Adams Endowment

Reference Number

2001.128

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