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Poet, from a Midsummer Nights Dream, Act V, Scene I, 1775 (etching)

Poet, from a Midsummer Nights Dream, Act V, Scene I, 1775 (etching)


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Poet, from a Midsummer Nights Dream, Act V, Scene I, 1775 (etching)

XYC286298 Poet, from a Midsummer Nights Dream, Act V, Scene I, 1775 (etching) by Mortimer, John Hamilton (1741-79); 43.2x34.9 cm; Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection, USA; (add.info.: William Shakespeare (1564-1616); ); English, out of copyright

Media ID 12798533

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This etching, titled "Poet, from a Midsummer Nights Dream" transports us back to the enchanting world of William Shakespeare's play. Created by John Hamilton Mortimer in 1775, this print captures the essence of the poet character from Act V, Scene I. In this oval portrait, we see a distinguished male figure adorned with a laurel wreath atop his head. His intense gaze reflects both wisdom and inspiration as he holds a feather quill in his hand. The delicate lines and intricate details bring out the Georgian era aesthetic, showcasing Mortimer's mastery of etching. The Poet's expression seems to be lost in thought, perhaps contemplating the words that will soon flow onto paper or reciting verses from one of Shakespeare's timeless plays. The laurel wreath symbolizes victory and achievement, suggesting that this poet has reached great heights through his artistry. Displayed at Yale Center for British Art as part of Paul Mellon Collection, this artwork is an homage to both Mortimer's skillful craftsmanship and Shakespeare's enduring legacy. It serves as a reminder of how literature can transport us to magical realms while inspiring our own creative endeavors. As we admire this print captured by Fine Art Finder on bridgemanart. com, we are reminded not only of the beauty within art but also its power to ignite our imaginations and connect us across centuries.

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