Original watercolour for A Midsummer Night's Dream ("-down topples she").1908 Stock Code: 130494
NotesAn original watercolour by Rackham for the 1908 edition of A Midsummer Night's Dream, signed and dated by the artist at the upper right-hand corner, with his caption outside the margin on the bottom left. The illustration, captioned "-down topples she", depicts a section of Act II, Scene 1, in which Puck recounts a trick he plays on human-folk, disguising himself as a chair only to vanish when sat upon. It appears on page 27 of the published work as a full-page line drawing.
In A Midsummer Night's Dream Rackham "developed his gift for drawing witches, gnomes, fairies, and anthropomorphized trees and brought them to a pitch of vivid characterization, sometimes with an unsettling frisson of horror" (ODNB).
Ink and watercolour on card (175 x 240 mm). Signed and dated by the artist at the upper right-hand corner, with his caption outside the margin on the bottom left.
Glue residue to edges from previous framing, sometime removed. Very good condition. Mounted and framed with UV acrylic (590 x 490 mm).
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