Doll Tearsheet, Falstaff, Henry and Poins (Shakespeare, King Henry IV, Part 2, Act 2, Scene 4)
Boydell's Shakespeare Gallery
William Satchwell Leney (American (born England), London 1769–1831 Longue Pointe, near Montreal)
After Henry Fuseli (Swiss, Zürich 1741–1825 London)
John & Josiah Boydell (London)
William Shakespeare (British, Stratford-upon-Avon 1564–1616 Stratford-upon-Avon)
March 25, 1795
Stipple engraving; published state
Image: 19 1/2 x 14 3/16 in. (49.6 x 36 cm)
Plate: 22 7/16 × 16 1/8 in. (57 × 41 cm)
Sheet: 28 1/16 x 22 in. (71.3 x 55.9 cm)
Gertrude and Thomas Jefferson Mumford Collection, Gift of Dorothy Quick Mayer, 1942
Not on view
Fuseli was a life-long devotee of Shakespeare, first reading his works as a youth in Zurich, then sketching an elaborate mural scheme devoted to admired plays while in Rome during the 1770s. After settling in London, the artist contributed paintings to John Boydell's Shakespeare Gallery, launched in 1786 as an exhibition cum print-publishing scheme funded by subscribers. Leney's print reproduces Fuseli's conception of the irrepressible Sir John Falstaff, here chided by Doll Tearsheet in a scene from "King Henry the Fourth, part 2."
Signature: in plate: "Painted by Henry Fuseli R.A. / Engraved by W-m Leney"
Inscription: in plate below image: "Shakespeare. / Second Part of King Henry the Fourth. / Act II. Scene IV. / Doll Tearsheet, Falstaff, Henry, & Poins."; "Dol. I' faith, and thou followd'st him like a church. / Thou whoreson little tidy Bartholomew boar-pig, / when will thou leave fighting o'days, & foining 'o nights, / & begin to patch up thine old body for heaven."; "Published March 25th. 1795, by John & Josiah Boydell, at the Shakespeare Gallery, Pall Mall, & No. 90 Cheapside, London."
Donor: Dorothy Quick Mayer
Gert Schiff Johann Heinrich Füssli, 1741-1825. Schweizerisches Institut für Kunstwissenschaft, Oeuvrekataloge Schweizer Künstler, 2 vols., Zurich and Munich, 1973, cat. no. 724: vol. I, p. 491; vol. II, p. 171, ill.
David H. Weinglass Prints and Engraved Illustrations by and after Henry Fuseli; A Catalogue Raisonné. Aldershot, Hampshire and Brookfield, Vermont, 1994, cat. no. 121, pp. 138-9, ill.