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The Nursery of Shakespeare

A work made of stipple engraving, with hand-coloring, on cream wove paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of stipple engraving, with hand-coloring, on cream wove paper.




Moses Haughton II (English, 1772/74-1848)
after Henry Fuseli (Swiss, active in England, 1741-1825)

About this artwork

In an age before photography, an artist’s fame, influence, and fortune were dependent on engraved reproductions that were distributed and sold on the international market. These reproductive engravings were made by skilled craftspeople, who ideally worked closely with the artist.
A brilliant self-promoter, Fuseli had precise ideas about what he wanted from an engraver. He found his greatest collaborator in Moses Haughton, who lived in Fuseli’s house from 1803–19, producing some of the finest prints after Fuseli’s paintings, including The Nursery of Shakespeare.


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Prints and Drawings


Moses Haughton, II


The Nursery of Shakespeare


England (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1810


Stipple engraving, with hand-coloring, on cream wove paper


Image: 51.8 × 40.3 cm (20 7/16 × 15 7/8 in.); Sheet: 60.7 × 46.9 cm (23 15/16 × 18 1/2 in.)

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Gift of Chalkley J. Hambleton

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