"She thank'd me": plate 2 from Othello (Act 1, Scene 3)
Suite of fifteen prints: Shakespeare's Othello / Quinze Esquisses à l'eau forte dessinées et gravées par Théodore Chasseriau
Théodore Chassériau (French, Le Limon, Saint-Domingue, West Indies 1819–1856 Paris)
William Shakespeare (British, Stratford-upon-Avon 1564–1616 Stratford-upon-Avon)
Etching, engraving, roulette, and drypoint on chine collé
plate: 14 7/16 x 10 3/8 in. (36.6 x 26.3 cm)
image: 11 x 8 5/16 in. (28 x 21.1 cm)
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund. 1932
Not on view
In 1844 Eugène Piot commissioned the young Chassériau to prepare fifteen illustrations to Shakespeare's Othello. Inspired by a series of ground-breaking Hamlet lithographs that Delacroix had created one year earlier, the younger artist opted for the more linear technique of etching. His expressive conception of form had been learned in Ingres's studio then developed under Delacroix. In the series, key exchanges offer a compressed summary of much of the play, with a final cluster devoted to the tragic conclusion. Here we see Desdemona entranced by Othello's account of past adventures, a subject that is not staged, but described as Othello explains to the Duke of Venice how he won his wife's hand in marriage.
Signature: in plate, below image at right: "Th. Chasseriau inv. et sc."
Inscription: in plate, below image: "She thank'd me; / And bade me, if I had a friend that lov'd her, / I should but teach him how to tell my story, / And that would woo her" [Othello, Act 1, scene 3]; lower center: "Publié par le Cabinet de l'Amateur, Rue Lafitte 2"
Vendor: E. Weyhe (New York, NY)
Fisher 1979, pp. 44-47; Sandoz 272; Cailac 7; Chevillard 430
Jay McKean Fisher Théodore Chassériau Illustrations for Othello. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, 1979-80, pp. 44-47, ill.
Hildegard Hammerschmidt-Hummel Die Shakespeare-Illustration (1594–2000). 3 vols., Wiesbaden and Mainz, 2003, vol. III, pp. 1016, 1232, no. 2747, ill.
Maria Grazia Messina "Shakespeare and Romantic Painting in Europe" in Shakespeare in Art, published on the occasion of the exhibition, Dulwich Picture Gallery. Jane Martineau, 2003, pp. 174-179 (opinions of Shakespeare in France, stage productions and paintings made in response by Delacroix and Chasseriau).
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