"She lov'd me for the dangers I had pass'd": plate 3 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)
etched 1844, reprinted 1900
Etching, engraving, roulette, and drypoint on chine collé; second edition (Gazette des Beaux-Arts)
plate: 13 11/16 x 14 5/16 in. (34.8 x 36.4 cm)
image: 11 x 12 1/8 in. (27.9 x 30.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1932
Accession Number:
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, Othello explains to the suspicious Duke of Venice and other dignitaries how he won Desdemona's hand in marriage.
Signature: in plate within image, lower right: T.C."; below image at right: "Th. Chasseriau inv. et sc."

Inscription: in plate, below image, Othello: "She lov'd me for the dangers I had pass'd; / And I lov'd her, that she did pity them. /This only is the witchcraft I have us'd." [Othello, Act 1, scene 3]; lower center: "Publié par le Cabinet de l'Amateur, Rue Lafitte 2"
Vendor: E. Weyhe
Fisher 1979, pp. 48-51; Sandoz 273; Cailac 8; Chevillard 431
Jay McKean Fisher Théodore Chassériau Illustrations for Othello. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, 1979-80, pp. 48-51, 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).