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George Frederick Cooke in the Character of Iago (Shakespeare's Othello)

A British actor famous for portraying Shakespearen villains, Cooke appears here as Iago in Shakespeare's "Othello." After establishing himself in the English provinces from 1778, the actor became a star in Dublin, then moved to London in 1801 where he performed Richard III, Shylock, Iago and Macbeth in competition with John Philip Kemble.

Credit: Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1917...

Mezzotint, hand-colored; proof before letters
50.6 x 35.4cm
Image and text © Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2019

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