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18th Century Illustration for the Shakespeare Gallery — A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Engraving By L. Schiavonetti [11 x 14.5 inches] — after a Painting by Sir Joshua Reynolds P.R.A.

Oberon (King of the Fairies) orders the fairy Puck (aka Robin Goodfellow) to obtain a flower from Cupid that causes one to love the first person she sees. Oberon plans to give it to Titania, so she'll love a vile thing and give him the child. Demetrius and Helena appear, Helena pursuing him, and he fleeing her.

Puck arrives with the flower, and Oberon orders Puck to anoint Demetrius with it so he'll love Helena rather than Hermia. Oberon then anoints Titania with the flower. In the forest, Lysander and Hermia lie down to rest. Puck, thinking Lysander is Demetrius, anoints him with the flower. Helena appears and awakes Lysander, who immediately falls in love with her.

Original engraving courtesy of a private collection.
Image scanned by Archival Digital Preservation Services.
Archival prints on 100% cotton rag paper available.