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Inscription

upper center in plate: POET.; lower left in plate: Published May 20 1775 by J. MORTIMER, Norfolk Street, STRAND; lower center in plate: The Poets eye in a fine frenzy rowling / Doth glance from heav'n to earth, from earth to heav'n, / And as imagination bodies forth / The forms of things unknown the Poet's pen / Turns them to shape and gives to airy nothing / A local habitation and a name; lower right in plate: Midsummer Nights dream Act V. Scene I.

Provenance

(Campbell Fine Art, London, 2 August 1992); Donald Vogler, Portland, OR; gift to NGA, 2017.

Bibliography
1988
Sunderland, John. "John Hamilton Mortimer: His Life and Works," Walpole Society 52 (1988): no. 96.1