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Wierd [sic]–Sisters; Ministers of Darkness; Minions to the Moon

1791
18th century
25.7 cm x 35.2 cm (10 1/8 in. x 13 7/8 in.)

James Gillray (London, 1757 - 1815, London) Primary

Object Type: print
Artist Nationality: Europe, English
Medium and Support: Etching and aquatint with hand-coloring
Credit Line: Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Jack S. Blanton Curatorial Endowment Fund, 2008
            
               Accession Number:                2008.143             
            
Object Description: After the painting Weird Sisters by Henri Fuseli (see dedication in upper margin), Gillray represents Henry Dundas, William Pitt, and Edward Thurlow, all members of the Cabinet Ministry, as the three witches from Macbeth. A parody on the sanity of King George III, the three men contemplate the moon, half enlightened with the portrait of Queen Charlotte and half eclipsed with the portrait of the king.

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