Mr. Dimond and Miss Wallis in the Characters of Romeo and Juliet
Francesco Bartolozzi (Italian, Florence 1728–1815 Lisbon)
After Charles Shirreff (British, Edinburgh ca. 1750–ca. 1831 Bath)
Charles Shirreff (British, Edinburgh ca. 1750–ca. 1831 Bath)
William Wyatt Dimond (British, ca. 1750–1812 Bath)
Jane Tryphosa Wallis (British, Richmond, Yorkshire 1774–1848)
William Shakespeare (British, Stratford-upon-Avon 1564–1616 Stratford-upon-Avon)
May 1, 1796
Stipple engraving and etching; early state
sheet: 8 3/4 x 5 3/8 in. (22.2 x 13.7 cm) (clipped impression, inlaid)
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1917
Not on view
The eighteenth-century actors William Wyatt Dimond and Jane Tryphosa Wallis appear here as Romeo and Juliet, outside the tomb of the Capulets, where the action of Shakespeare's play will tragically conclude. After the two marry secretly, Romeo will kill Mercutio, be banished, and Juliet forced by her parents to accept the hand of Paris. To avoid that course, she will take a drug to simulate death, and be entombed. When Romeo returns to mourn his bride, he encounters Paris, kills him, then take poison in despair. Finally, Juliet awakes and stabs herself, a sad denouement that the mourning putto seen here at upper right anticipates.
Signature: in plate: "Ch-s Shirreff Pinx-t"; "F. Bartolozzi R.A. Sculp-t"
Inscription: before publication line
Harris Brisbane Dick; Vendor: Dick Estate, U.S. Trust
De Vesme & Calabi 1213; O'Donoghue II.62.5; Tuer 1774
Andrew White Tuer Bartolozzi and his works : a biographical and descriptive account of the life and career of Francesco Bartolozzi, R.A.. 1881, cat. no. 1774.
Freeman O'Donoghue Catalogue of Engraved British Portraits Preserved in the Department of Prints and Drawings in the British Museum. vols. 1-5, London, 1908–22, vol. II, p. 62, cat. no. 5.
Alexandre de Vesme, Augusto Calabi Francesco Bartolozzi. Catalogue des estampes et notice biographique d'après les manuscrits de A. De Vesme entièrement réformés et complétés d'une étude critique par A. Calabi, Milan, Guido Modiano. Milan, 1928, cat. no. 1213, p. 316.