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Edwin Landseer Scene from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Titania and Bottom 1848-51

Scene from A Midsummer Night's Dream. Titania and Bottom (1848-1851)

Edwin Landseer’s Scene from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Titania and Bottom illustrates a scene from Act III of William Shakespeare’s famous comedy. We see Titania, Queen of the Fairies, at the moment when, drugged with a love potion, she becomes enchanted with the artisan Bottom, who has been magically turned into an ass. The painting was commissioned from Landseer by the wealthy Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806–59), Chief Engineer of Britain’s Great Western Railway and one of the nineteenth century’s greatest engineers and inventors.