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Queen. My Oberon! What visions have I seen
Methought I was enamoured of an ass
Oberon. There lies your love
Queen. How came these things to pass?
O, How mine eyes do loath his visage now!
Oberon casts a spell on Titania, so that she falls in love with the first person she sees on awakening, which happens to be Bottom the Weaver wearing an asses' head. When Oberon lifts the spell, order is restored once more. Shakespeare took the name of Titania from Ovid's Metamorphoses, and the theme of transformation is central to the play. Texts that described the world of fairies or spirits were a rich source for many eighteenth artists wishing to depict fantastical creatures, not least when pictorialising the irrational world of dreams. Scenes such as these serve as important precursers to psychology's explorations of the unconscious mind in the 20th century. (Monsters and Maidens, 2004)
- Shakespeare: Midsummer-Night's Dream, Act IV, Scene I, Oberon, Queen of the Fairies, Puck, Bottom and Fairies attending
- Production date
- mezzotint on wove paper
- 510 x 662 mm
- Painted by Henry Fuseli, R. A.. SHAKSPEARE. / Midsummer-Night's Dream. / ACT IV SCENE I. / Oberon, Queen of the Fairies, Puck, Bottom, and Fairies attending, &c. / Pub. Der. 1, 1803 by J. & J. BOYDELL, at the Shakspeare Gallery, Pall Mall & at No.90, Cheapside, London.. Engraved by Thos. Ryder & Thos. Ryder Junr..
- Credit line
- Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Peter Tomory, 2002
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- No known copyright restrictions
- International Art
- Display status
- Not on display
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