Prince Arthur's Vision (Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, I, ix, 13)

Engraver Peltro William Tomkins British
After Henry Fuseli Swiss
Publisher Thomas Macklin British

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Attracted to subjects that touch on the unconscious, Fuseli wrote, "One of the most unexplored regions of art are [sic] dreams" (Aphorism no. 231), and here represents Prince Arthur, from Edmund Spenser's "The Faerie Queen." The sleeping prince is visited by a vision of Gloriana, a poetic evocation of Elizabeth I, whom the artist imagines dressed in fashionable late-18th century garb and attended by spirits. The engraver Tomkins based the print on a painting Fuseli made for Macklin's Poets Gallery around 1788, now at the Kunstmuseum, Basel.

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