Weird Sisters: Ministers of Darkness, Minions of the Moon

James Gillray1791

Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University

Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University
Middletown, United States

  • Title: Weird Sisters: Ministers of Darkness, Minions of the Moon
  • Creator: James Gillray
  • Date Created: 1791
  • Subject Keywords: caricatures, literature (writings), Macbeth (play), magic, occult sciences, political caricature, politics, Shakespeare (William), theater (discipline), witches
  • Signatures / Inscriptions: Unsigned; inscribed in margin, upper center: “To H. Fuzelli [sic] Esqr. this attempt in the Caricature Sublime is respectfully dedicated”
  • Object Type: Prints, works of art
  • Object Link: See this artwork on the Davison Art Center website
  • Object Credit Line: Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University. Purchase funds, 1962
  • Materials & Techniques: Etching and aquatint with hand coloring on wove paper
  • Image Credit Line: Open Access Image from the Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University (http://www.wesleyan.edu/dac/openaccess)
  • Edition: Published 23 December 1791 by Humphrey, No. 18 Old Bond Street
  • Dimensions: 1815
  • Bibliography: Wright, pp.135–36; BM Sat 7937 ; Drayer Hill, “Fashionable Contrasts,” no. 2; “Mr. Gillray,” p. 45, fig. 43; see Ashton “Shakespeare and British Art,” Yale 1981, cat. no. 55; note in pencil on original DAC catalog card: “Although published two years after the event, the print is a commentary on the Regency Crisis, precipitated by George III’s illness. Three members of the cabinet & Dundas (1742–1811) appointed Home Secretary in June 1791, William Pitt, the Younger (1759–1806), and Lord Thurlow (1732–1806), the Lord Chancellor.”
  • Associated People: Created by James Gillray (British (English), 1757-1815)
  • Accession Number: 1962.51.3