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“Yet do I fear thy nature; it is too full o’ th’ milk of human kindness.”

—Lady Macbeth, noting Macbeth’s lack of ruthlessness as she prepares to murder Duncan herself.

Act 1, Scene 5, lines 16-17. 

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From the Collection

Henry Fuseli’s Macbeth Consulting the Vision of the Armed Head

Henry Fuseli’s painting of Act 4, Scene 1 of Macbeth was completed in 1793. At the Folger, it hangs in the Bond Reading Room.


Learn about the Folger’s aquisition of the painting on Folgerpedia.


Portrait of David Garrick with text of Macbeth

This painting in the Folger collection is a replica or version of Sir Nathaniel Dance’s 1774 portrait of David Garrick. Garrick holds a copy of Macbeth; the title can be spotted in the shadows at the top of the book’s open page.


Read about Garrick’s fame and image on Folgerpedia.

Broadside related to the 1849 Astor Place Riot

This broadside enunciates the rivalry between American Actor Edwin Forrest and British actor William Charles Macready and their supporters. Edwin Forrest’s working-class supporters clashed with Macready’s upper-class supporters at the Astor Place Opera house during a May 1849 performance of Macbeth; at least 22 people died in the ensuing riot. 

263-872b Map Case

Learn about the riot and the rivalry that sparked it on the Shakespeare Unlimited podcast.

Liebig’s Extract of Meat Company collectible card

In the late 19th and early 20th century, Liebig’s Extract of Meat Company issued collectible cards featuring illustrations of Shakespeare with their products. This card is one of a set of 6 that depict scenes from Macbeth

ART 265445 (size S)

Read more about advertising and Shakespeare on the Shakespeare and Beyond blog.

Manuscript of James I’s Daemonologie

This manuscript of James I’s Daemonologie was copied around 1592. In it, the king argues for the validity of witchcraft and other supernatural phenomena.


Read more about the manuscript on Folgerpedia.

Hear more about Shakespeare and magic on the Shakespeare Unlimited podcast.

We will continue adding more to this page over time. Stay tuned! 


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