To the R.t Hon.ble Alexander Lord Loughborough Lord High Chancellor of England: this Print of The Witches in Macbeth,From an Original Tranparent Drawing, in His Lordships possession is with permission humbly Dedicated by Lordships most obliged & obedt Servt. Edwd. Orme. The original Drawing by a Gentleman.
Coloured mezzotint. 550 x 330mm. Framed. Some time staining as to be expected, small crack in the figure of Banquo in the centre. Not visible unless held to the light.
Edward Orme [1774 - 1821] publisher/printer; printmaker; Transparent prints produced an illusion, making a painted scene appear extremely realistic, at least at first glance. Being changes often to create a fresh entertainment. As an artist and publisher, Orme had promoted the fashion for transparencies. These coloured prints were chemically treated thereby rendering parts transparent when held to the light and giving an effective illusion of moonlight, fire etc. Due to their popularity few have survived. This example presented for use in an early frame has is a powerful shakespearean scene where the Macbeth returns to the Witches, Banquo's ghost appears through the darkness.
Ex: Collection of The Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd.
[Ref: 4503] £680.00