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Mortimer made a number of drawings
of monsters in the 1770s. His other drawings show monsters engaged
in violent struggles. This delicate image
in chalk and pencil is more in the nature
of a character study.

 

During the mid-1770s Mortimer etched twelve of his own drawings as characters from Shakespeare, including Caliban
from The Tempest. Since this creature
also bears a resemblance to Caliban
it may have been a study for the character. This is quite possible since the drawing
is unfinished.

 

September 2004