[Shakespeare. Cymbeline Act III. Scene IV.]
Stipple, unfinished proof before etching and all letters, 505 x 635mm. 19¾ x 25". Very scarce.
A forest path with boulders and steep banks, Imogen holding up a sword, begging Pisanio to kill her. Pisanio has shown her the letter instructing him to do so, believing that her husband has been led to order her death by some woman - but he refuses. Title area annotated in ink by a 19th century hand: 'From the original Painting in the Collection of Mr. Neeld(?)'. After John Hoppner (1758 - 1810), for a series of scenes from Shakespeare plays after paintings in Boydell's 'Shakespeare Gallery', which opened in 1789 in Pall Mall.
[Ref: 13267] £260.00