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Caliban, Prospero and Miranda (Shakespeare's Tempest)

Caliban, Prospero and Miranda (Shakespeare's Tempest)

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Prospero here shields Miranda from the malevolant Caliban in an image inspired by act 1, scene 2 of Shakepeare's "Tempest." The text of the play reveals that, when the magician and his daughter exiled to this remote island, they encountered this sub-human offspring of a witch, welcomed him into their cave, and taught him to speak. Later, when the monster attempted to rape Miranda, Prospero devised spells to control him and force him into servitude. Rowlandson based this etching a drawing by Mortimer, a close friend, for a series published between 1784 and 1788.
Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)

English painter and caricaturist, Thomas Rowlandson (13 July 1756 – 21 April 1827) was noted for his political satire and social observation. The son of a tradesman, Rowlandson became a student in the Royal Academy. At age 16 he went to study in Paris. After establishing a studio as a portrait painter, he began to draw caricatures to supplement his income, and this soon became his major interest. Like other contemporary caricaturists, he produced erotica which was censured by the 1840s. He created comic images of familiar social types of his day and also wrote satirical verse under the pen name of Peter Pindar. His characters ranged from the ridiculous, pretentious, enormous bosoms and bottoms.

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1784 - 1787
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