Robert Smirke (1752-1845) RA was an English painter and illustrator. William Greatbatch (1802-1894) was a line engraver and illustrator worked in London from 1820.
Signed, titled, dated, and proofed by the editor in the plate. Painted by Robt. Smirke, R.A. Engraved by Wm. Greatbatch. Midsummer Night's Dream. Act 2. Sc.2. London. Pubd by Hurst, Robinson & Co. 6 Pall Mall, & R. Jennings, 2 Poultry. 1828. Materials and Techniques: Engraving and etching on chine collé laid on wove paper.
Dimensions: Image 10 1/2" x 8''. Sheet 17 2/8" x 12".
Condition: Edge Chipping.
Publication: Initially it was an engraving from the Illustrations of the plays of Shakespeare from pictures painted by R Smirke. (The British Museum 1868,0822.5618)
Reference: COLLECTION NAME: LUNA: Folger Digital Image Collection 26761.
Part of: Later incorporated in the Shakespeare Portfolio.
"This Portfolio was formed out of several series of engravings executed for, or collected by the late Joshua Walmesley, Esq., who intended to publish an edition of Shakespeare extensively illustrated, but did not live to carry out his enterprise".
Reference: A Bibliographical Account of the Works of Shakespeare, including every known edition, translation, and commentary. By H. G. Bohn. Printed off separately from his enlarged edition of the Bibliographer's Manual [of W. T. Lowndes] with some additions... p.2310.
Museum: The British Museum. 1868,0822.5640.