Prospero (framed)

by Peter Freeth RA

The character of Prospero, sorcerer and Duke of Milan in The Tempest by William Shakespeare, inspired this etching. The limited edition print is on display in the Keeper’s House from 15 September 2017 to 19 February 2018. Please note, this framed work is available for collection only from the Royal Academy of Arts once the exhibition has closed.

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Artwork details

Artist Peter Freeth RA
Medium Print
Colour Black/Multicolour
Dimensions 20 x 17cm
Fabric & material Aquatint
Edition 45

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Artwork description

Freeth’s practice as a printmaker is informed by a wide range of sources from poetry, music and folklore, to historical narratives and his own extensive travels in Italy. The grainy masking effect of this print creates the illusion of viewing the figure through a screen, or perhaps a dust storm, thereby generating an atmosphere of mystery and sorcery, which are recurring themes in Shakespeare’s play. Freeth achieves this effect by applying residue during the etching process. Angular lines within the overall mottled effect suggest a figure of authority and power.

About Peter Freeth RA

A Royal Academician since 1991, Peter Freeth also taught in the Royal Academy Schools between 1966 and 2006. He trained at The Slade School of Fine Art from 1956 to 1960 and in same year he graduated, won the Prix de Rome for Engraving. The award took him to the British School in Rome, where he lived for three years, before travelling... Go to artist page