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'Macbeth', Act I, Scene 3, the Weird Sisters

Photo credit: Royal Shakespeare Company Collection

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The three witches, half-length in profile to left, each pointing with outstretched arm to the left of the picture.

There are several replicas of this painting; one (probably the original exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1783) in the Kunsthaus, Zurich, another, slightly cut down, is in the North Carolina Museum of Art. It was lithographed by John Raphael Smith in 1785. There are two studies for the painting, one in black chalk and one in watercolour in the Witt Collection in the Courtauld lnstitute of Art, London.

Royal Shakespeare Theatre



'Macbeth', Act I, Scene 3, the Weird Sisters




oil on canvas


H 75 x W 90 cm

Accession number

STRPG:A: 1993.49

Acquisition method

bequeathed, 1892

Work type



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