"Had I not Four or Five women once that tended me?"
by RACKHAM, Arthur
[London]: , 1926. "Miranda and her Nurses"RACKHAM, Arthur, artist. "Had I not Four or five women once that tended me?" [London]. 1926. Original pen-and-ink and watercolor drawing, signed and dated "Arthur Rackham 1926" on lower left-hand corner, for the color plate facing page 7 in the Rackham-illustrated edition of The Tempest. London: William Heinemann, Ltd. . Image size: 10 x 7 5/8 inches: 254 x 194 mm. (board size: 16 x 13 5/8 inches: 406 x 347 mm.). Matted, framed and glazed. "'Tis far off/And rather like a dream than an assurance/That my remembrance warrants. Had I not/Four or five women once that tended me?" (Miranda to Prospero, Act 1, scene ii. 46).Written on the back of the watercolor in black ink, in Arthur Rackham's hand "The Tempest/No. 2 Miranda her nurses/by/Arthur Rackham".A very focused scene, with Miranda as a baby being held over a large blue and white bowl by a young woman with a sponge in her right hand. Another woman is standing over the child about to pour water from a blue and white striped jug over the babies head. Two other women are overseeing, one old woman holding a blanket facing the viewer and one younger woman kneeling facing away from the viewer. In the background is a wooden rocking crib with inlays and on the floor in the foreground is a pink rug. Lying on the rug is a small toy boat and a bowl with perhaps a piece of soap in it. The room is rather sparse with no other furniture in it. To the right is part of a window shedding some light into the room and to the left is a curtain closed shut. All the viewers attention is drawn to the center of the drawing - to the four women and the baby Miranda being bathed.
(Inventory #: 03834)
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