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Romeo and Juliet at the Masquerade (Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, Act 1, Scene 5)

Engraver:
Francesco Bartolozzi (Italian, Florence 1728–1815 Lisbon)
Artist:
After William Hamilton (British, London 1751–1801 London)
Publisher:
James Birchall (British, active 1781–94)
Subject:
William Shakespeare (British, Stratford-upon-Avon 1564–1616 Stratford-upon-Avon)
Date:
June 15, 1785
Medium:
Stipple engraving, and etching, printed in brown ink
Dimensions:
oval image: 8 1/4 x 6 9/16 in. (21 x 16.7 cm) sheet: 10 1/16 x 7 7/8 in. (25.6 x 20 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1917
Accession Number:
17.3.1196
Not on view
Romeo and Juliet meet at a masked party given by her family, the Capulets. Based on a drawing by Hamilton, Bartolozzi's print shows Romeo dressed as a pilgrim, to echo the playful language of Shakespeare's text. Juliet's nurse, at right, is apprehensive about this intrusion by a Montague into the domain of their declared enemies, the Capulets.
Signature: in plate: "W. Hamilton sculp-t."; Fr-s. Batolozzi Sculp-t."

Inscription: in plate: "London Pub-d. June 15, 1785 by Ja-s Birchall No. 475 Strand"
Harris Brisbane Dick; Vendor: Dick Estate, U.S. Trust
De Vesme & Calabi 1830; Rumbler 2008.52
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. 1830, p. 462.

Tim Clayton Francesco Bartolozzi : Sammlung Fürsten von Liechtenstein, Teil I. Helmut H. Rumbler, Frankfurt, 2008, cat. no. 52.



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