Cleopatra
Date: 1862-1866
Medium: Wood engraving
Dimensions: composition: 6 7/8 × 4 1/4 in. (17.5 × 10.8 cm) sheet: 7 1/4 × 4 1/2 in. (18.4 × 11.4 cm)
Illustration Citation: "Cleopatra," by Algernon Charles Swinburne, in Cornhill Magazine, 1866, p. 331
Credit Line: Samuel and Mary R. Bancroft Memorial, 1935
Object Number: 1935-143
About: This “illustration” is unusual in that the image preceded the text. The poet, Algernon Swinburne, wrote the poem after viewing Sandys’ design. The poem and illustration appeared together in Cornhill Magazine in 1866. The subject is the moment when Cleopatra prepares a banquet for Caesar, Anthony, and Pompey, adding a pearl to the liquor so that “My draught to Anthony shall exceed in value the whole banquet.”
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