Samuel Hieronymus Grimm

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Samuel Hieronymus Grimm (1733–1794) was an 18th-century Swiss artist. The Folger Shakespeare Library has over 100 of his watercolor drawings in its collection, all bound into an 11-volume extra-illustrated edition of Shakespeare's works, PR2752 1802 copy 2 Sh.Col. vol.1-11. For more information on extra-illustrated books, visit the article entitled Extending the Book: the Art of Extra-Illustration which features materials from one of the previous Exhibitions at the Folger by the same name.


Watercolors in Flat PR2752 1802 copy 2 Sh.Col. vol.1–11

Illustration for The Tempest by Grimm

There are a total of 112 watercolors in these volumes, all listed here.

Volume 1

  1. Prospero threatening Ariel. Tempest. Act I. Sc. 3 (v. 1, The Tempest, facing p. 11).
  2. Prospero charming Ferdinand. Tempest. Act I. Sc. 6. (v. 1, The Tempest, facing p. 24).
  3. The Conspiracy. Tempest. Act II. Sc. 1. (v. 1, The Tempest, facing p. 37).
  4. Stephano finding Trinculo under Calibans gabardine. Tempest. Act. [II Sc. 2]. (v. 1, The Tempest, facing p. 42).
  5. Tempest. Act III. Sc. 1. Miranda offering to carry logs for Ferdinand. (v. 1, The Tempest, facing back of next watercolor, precedes p. 47).
  6. [Tempest. Act III. Sc. 1. Miranda offering to carry logs for Ferdinand.] (v. 1, The Tempest, facing p. 47).
  7. Ariel giving Caliban the Lye. Tempest. Act III. Sc. 2. (v. 1, The Tempest, facing p. 53). LUNA Digital Image
  8. [A]riel in the shape of a harpie [sic] makes the table vanish. Tempest. Act III. Sc. 4 [sic, Sc. 3]. (v. 1, The Tempest, facing p. 58). LUNA Digital Image
  9. Caliban, Stephano & Trinculo punished for their attempt. Tempest. Act. V. Sc. 3. (v. 1, The Tempest, facing p. 83). LUNA Digital Image
  10. [Jul]ia putting the torn pieces of Protheus’s [sic] Letter together, to read it secretly. The two Gentlemen of Verona. Act 1. S[c.2). (v. 1, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, facing back of engraving of Julia, following p. 10).
  11. The farewell of Launcelot. The two Gentlemen of Verona. Ac[t 2. Sc. 3]. (v. 1, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, facing the back of the engraving of Mr. Yeats as Lance, following p. 24).
  12. The Duke discovers Valentine’s plot. The two Gentlemen of Verona. Act.[3 Sc. 1]. (v. 1, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, facing p. 46).
  13. The two Gentlemen of Verona. Act IIII. Sc. 4. Julia in Man’s Clouth accompanied by her Landlord overhear Protheus courting Jul Silvia, who looks out from her window. (v. 1, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, facing back of engraving of Silvia, precedes p. 65).
  14. [Th]e two Gentlemen of Verona. Act V. Sc. 4. Valentine reaches forth with his banditti to rescue Silvia from Protheus. (v. 1, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, facing back of engraving of same scene, following p. 82).
  15. Merry Wives of Windsor. Act I, Sc. 10. Dr. Caj. Follow my heels, Rugby. Ms. Quickly. You shall have An foolshead of your own. (v. 1, The Merry Wives of Windsor, facing p. 18).
  16. [Mer]ry Wives of Windsor. Act I. Sc. 10. Dr. Cajus pulling Simple out of his closet. (v. 1, The Merry Wives of Windsor, facing the back of the engraving of the same scene, precedes engraving of the same scene facing p. 19).
  17. Hugh Evans the welsh Parson quarreling with Cajus the french Doctor. merry wives of Windsor. Act III. Sc. 3. (v. 1, The Merry Wives of Windsor, facing p. 42).
  18. Falstaff thrown into the River. The merry Wifes [sic] of Windsor. Act. III. Sc. 9. (v. 1, The Merry Wives of Windsor, facing p. 52).
  19. Falstaff put in a basket. Merry Wives of Windsor. Act. III, Sc. [9]. (v. 1, The Merry Wives of Windsor, facing p. 56).
  20. Falstaff in the character of the witch of Brainford. merry wives of Windsor. (v. 1, The Merry Wives of Windsor, facing back of similar watercolor by Grimm, precedes p. 79).
  21. [Falstaff in the character of the witch of Brainford. merry wives of Windsor.] (v. 1, The Merry Wives of Windsor, facing p. 79).
  22. [Fa]lstaff teized [sic] and pinched by the pretended Fairies. Merry wives of Windsor. Act V. Sc. 5. (v. 1, The Merry Wives of Windsor, facing p. 100).

Volume 2

  1. Comedy of Errors Act IV. Sc. 9. (v. 2, The Comedy of Errors, facing p. 53).
  2. Much ado about nothing. Act II. Sc. 9. Benedict [sic] listening in the Ar[bor]. (v. 2, Much Ado about Nothing, facing p. 33).
  3. Hero publicly slendered [sic]. Much ado about nothing. Act IIII. Sc. 1. (v. 2, Much Ado about Nothing, facing p. 64).
  4. Much ado about nothing. Act IIII, Sc. 5. The watch & Constable with B[enedick’s] Comrade before the town clerck [sic] & Septon [sic]. (v. 2, Much Ado about Nothing, facing back of engraving made of Grimm’s watercolor by Mistress Ireland, following p. 74).
  5. Claudio bewailing Hero. Much ado about nothing. Act V. Sc. 8. (v. 2, Much Ado about Nothing, facing p. 93).
  6. The king of Navarra [sic] and his friends disguised. Love’s labours lost. Act V. Sc. [2]. (v. 2, Love’s Labour’s Lost, facing p. 74).
  7. The Metamorphose [sic] of Bottom. Midsummer nights dream. Act III, Sc. [2]. (v.2, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, facing back of engraving depicting the same scene precedes p. 35).
  8. [Fai]ry queen in love with the inchanted [sic] Bottom. Midsummer nights dream. Act IV. Sc. 1. (v. 2, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, facing p. 37).
  9. The Play of Piramus [sic] and Thisbe. Midsummer nights dream. Act V. Sc. 2. (v. 2, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, facing p. 75).
  10. Measure for Measure. Act II. Sc. 7. Isabella entreating Angelo for the life of her Brother Claudio. (v. 2, Measure for Measure, facing p. 29).
    Isab.------go to your bosom;
    Knock there, & ask you heart, what it does know
    That’s like my brothers fault, if—
    Ange. She speaks, & ‘tis such Sense
    That my Sense bleeds with it.
  11. Measure for Measure, Act III. Sc. 2. Claudio intreats [sic] his Sister, to submit to Angelo’s proposals. (v. 2, Measure for Measure, facing p. 51).
  12. Measure for Measure. Act III. Sc. 7. Mrs. Overdone conducted to Prison. (v. 2, Measure for Measure, facing p. 61).
  13. [Measure for Measure or Romeo and Juliet], (note on the back says: Measure for Measure. This is marked for the Play of Measure for Measure but I rather think it is intended for Romeo & Juliet. However leave it here, because it was to originally match with Catalogue sent by Sheppard, v. 2, Measure for Measure, facing p. 84).
  14. Measure for Measure. Act V. Sc. 3d. Mariane discovers herself. (v. 2, Measure for Measure, facing p. 96).
  15. The Ducke [sic] discovered. Measure for Measure. Act V. Sc. 4. (v. 2, Measure for Measure, facing p. 101).

Volume 3

  1. Merchant of Venice. Act II. Sc. 2d. Launcelot sold blind Gobbo his fathers offering to Bassanio. (v. 3, The Merchant of Venice, facing p.25).
  2. Bassanio opening the casket. Merchant of Venice. Act III. Sc. 2. (v. 3, The Merchant of Venice, facing p. 43.
  3. Shylock before the Senate. Merchant of Venice. Act IIII. Sc. 2. (v. 3, The Merchant of Venice, facing p. 82).
  4. As you like it. Act I. Sc. 2d. Orlando quarreling with Oliver his dear brother. (v. 3, As You Like It, facing p. 3).
  5. *[Sketch, (engraving?) of following two watercolors, Orlando overcomes the wrestler. Act I. Sc. 6.], (v. 3, As You Like It, facing p. 14).*
  6. Orlando overcomes the wrestler. As you like it. Act I. Sc. 6. (v. 3, As You Like It, facing back of sketch of the same scene, following p. 14).
  7. Orlando overcoming Charles the Dukes wrestler. As you like it. Act I. Sc. 6. (v. 3, As You Like It, facing back of Grimm’s watercolor of the same scene, following p. 14).
  8. Orlando approaches the table of the banished [sic] Ducke [sic], to get vittals [sic] for his feinting [sic] servant Adam. As you like it. Act II. Sc. 8. –forbear & eat no more (v. 3, As You Like It, facing p. 40).
  9. As you like it. Act 4. Sc. 6. Orlando finding his brother in danger from a Snake & Lion[ess]. (v. 3, As You Like It, facing p. 84).
  10. Rosalinda [sic] feinting [sic] at the sight of the bloody cloth of Orlando. As you like it. Act IIII. Sc. 6. (v. 3, As You Like It, facing p. 86).
  11. Catharine [sic] beating her younger sister Bianca. Taming of the Shrew. Act II. Sc. 1. (v. 3, The Taming of the Shrew, facing p. 34).
  12. Lucentio as Praeceptor & Hortensio as Music master to Bianca. Taming of the Shrew. Act III. Sc. 1. (v. 3, The Taming of the Shrew, facing p. 49).
  13. The wedding of Petruchio. Taming of the Shrew. Act III. Sc. 6. (v. 3, The Taming of the Shrew, facing p. 53).
  14. Petruchio throwing the Meat away. Taming of the Shrew. Act I[v Sc. 1.] (v. 3, The Taming of the Shrew, facing p. 69).
  15. Catherine [sic] treading upon her headdress. Taming of the Shrew. Act V. Sc. 5. (v. 3, The Taming of the Shrew, facing p. 103).
  16. Alls well that ends well, Act V. Sc. 2d. Lafeu receiving Parroles in his service. (v. 3, All’s Well that Ends Well, facing p. 23).
  17. Alls well that ends well. Act II. Sc. 2d. Helena introduced to King by L[afeu]. (v. 3, All’s Well that Ends Well, facing back of engraving of same scene, following p. 26).
  18. [Al]ls well that ends well. Act II. Sc. 6. Helena fixing on Bertram. this is the Man. (v. 3, All’s Well that Ends Well, facing p. 37).
  19. Alls well that ends well. Act V. Sc. 6. Helena unravels the Plot. (v. 3, All’s Well that Ends Well, facing p. 56).
  20. Parolles caught. All’s well that ends well. Act. IIII. Sc. 4 (v. 3, All’s Well that Ends Well, facing p. 73).

Volume 4

  1. Twelfth Night. Act II. Sc. 4. Sir Toby, Sir Andrew & the Clown singing Catches. (v. 4, Twelfth Night, facing back of Ireland engraving of Grimm’s watercolor, precedes p. 31).
  2. [T]welfth Night. Act II. Sc. 8. Malvolio finding the Letter. (v. 4, Twelfth Night, facing p. 43).
  3. Malvolio the steward of Olivia foolishly dressed before his Mistress. Twelfth Night. Act III. Sc. [4]. (v. 4, Twelfth Night, facing p. 59).
  4. Twelfth Night. Act IIII. Sc. 2. Sir Andrew mistaking Sebastian for Viola gets a beat[ing]. (v. 4, Twelfth Night, facing p. 74).
  5. Malvolio in the dark room. Twelfth night. Act IIII. Sc. 4. (v. 4, Twelfth Night, facing p. 78).
  6. Prince Mamyllus [sic] taken away from his mother. Winters tale. Act II. Sc. 2. (v. 4, The Winter’s Tale, facing p. 24).
  7. Antigonus & the Lords interceding in behalf of the young Princess. Winters tale. Act II. Sc. 5. (v. 4, The Winter’s Tale, facing back of engraving of the same scene, following p. 36).
  8. Perdita found by a peasant. Act III. Sc. 7. Winters Tale. (v. 4, The Winter’s Tale, facing p. 56).
  9. [Perdita found by a peasant. Act III. Sc. 7. Winters Tale.] (v. 4, The Winter’s Tale, facing back of similar watercolor by Grimm, following p. 56).
  10. Winters tale, Act IIII Sc. 3. Autolicus [sic] robbing the good natured Clown. (v. 4, The Winter’s Tale, facing p. 65).
  11. Polixenes King of Bohemia discovering himself to disturb the rumours of his son with Perdita. Winters tale. A[ct IIII Sc. 3] (v. 4, The Winter’s Tale, facing p. 83).
  12. Hermione an animated statue. The Winters Tale. Act 4. Sc. 4. (v. 4, The Winter’s Tale, facing p. 120).
  13. [Th]e witches vanishing in the storm. Macbeth. Act I. Sc. 4. (v. 4, Macbeth, facing p. 8).
    Macbeth.—say from whence
    you owe this strange intelligence? Or why
    Upon this belated heath you stop our way
    with such prophetick [sic] greeting?—speak I charge [you]
    |witches vanish.
  14. *[Untitled water color, by Grimm?]*
  15. Macbeth consulting the witches. Macbeth. Act IIII. Sc. 2. (v. 4, Macbeth, facing p. 63).
  16. King John. Act I. Sc. 2. The Bastard Faulconbridge deriding his b[rother]. (v. 4, King John, facing p. 3).
  17. Constantia Dutchess of Bretaigne bewailing the misfortune of Prince Arthu[r]. King John. Act III. Sc. 1. (v. 4, King John, facing p. 37).
  18. [Prince Arthur excited the Compassion of Huber, who comes to put his eyes out. King John. Act IV. [Sc. 1]] (v. 4, King John, facing p. 62).
  19. Prince Arthur excited the Compassion of Huber, who comes to put his eyes out. King John. Act IV. [Sc. 1] (v. 4, King John, facing p. 62).
  20. King John. Act III. Sc. 4. (v. 4, King John, facing p. 71).
    Young Arthurs Death is common in their Mouths;
    & when they talk of him, they shake their heads,
    & whisper one another in the Ear,
    & he that speaks doth gripe the hearers wrist,
    Whiles he that hears makes fearful action
    With wrinkled brows, with nods, with rolling Eyes.
    I saw a Smith stand with his hammer, thus,
    The whilst his Iron did on the Anvil cool,
    With open Mouth swallowing a Taylors news
    Who with his shears & measure in hishand,
    Standing on slippers, which his nimble haste
    Had falsely thread upon contrary feet,
    Told of many thousand warlike french
    That were unbattled & rank’d in Kent.
    Another lean, unwash’d artificer
    Cuts off his tale & talks of Arthur’s Death.
  21. [H]uber threatened by the Lords for the Murder of Prince Arthur. King John. Act IIII. Sc. [3]. (v. 4, King John, facing p. 79).
  22. [Kin]g John dying. King John. Act V. Sc. 10. (v. 4, King John, facing back of engraving of same scene, precedes p. 101).

Volume 5

  1. Falstaff mimicking the King. 1 Part of King Henry IV. Act II. Sc. 11. (v. 5, King Henry IV, pt. 1, facing back of engraving of Gadshill, precedes p. 29).
  2. [title obscured, Falstaff and Hotspur stealing from the travelers. Act II. Sc. 4]. (v. 5, King Henry IV, pt. 1, facing p. 31).
  3. Falstaff recruiting. 2d Part of K. Henry IV. Act III. Sc. 5. (v. 5, King Henry IV, pt. 2, facing p. 60).
  4. [T]he Conspiration [sic] discovered. King Henry V. Act II. Sc. 2. (v. 5, King Henry V, facing p. 260).

Volume 6

  1. [Th]e Enterview [sic] between old Mortimer & his Nephew Richard Plantagenet. 1 Part of [Henry VI]. Act II. [Sc. V]. (v. 6, King Henry VI, pt. 1, facing p. 44).
  2. [Ric]hard Duke of York insulted by his enemies. Henry VI. 2d part. Act I. Sc. III. (v. 6, King Henry VI, pt. 2, facing p. 21).
  3. The Conjuration of Bolingbroke & Mother Jordan. 2d part of King Henry VI. Act I. Sc. [4]. (v. 6, King Henry VI, pt. 2, facing p. 23).

Volume 7

  1. The disgrace of Cardinal Wolsey. Henry VIII. Act III. Sc.3. (v. 7, King Henry VIII, facing p. 71).
  2. Thersites mimicking Ajax. Troilus & Cressida. Act III. Sc. 9. (v. 7, Troilus and Cressida, facing p. 76).
  3. Troilus overhearing the Dialogue between Diomedes & Cressida. Troilus & Cressida. Act V. Sc. 3. (v. 7, Troilus and Cressida, facing p. 110).
  4. Joachimo stealing the Bracelet. Cymbeline. Act 2. Sc. 2. (v. 7, Cymbeline, facing the back of an engraving of Joachimo, precedes p. 35).
  5. Imogen coming from the cave. Cymbeline. Act III. Sc. 7. (v. 7, Cymbeline, facing the back of an engraving of the same scene, precedes p. 79).

Volume 8

  1. Coriolanus in the house of Tullus Aufidius. Coriolanus. Act IIII. [Sc. V]. (v. 8, Coriolanus, facing p. 101).
  2. Cleopatra receiving the Ambassador of Caesar Octavianus [sic]. Antony & Cleopatra. Act [III Sc. 11]. (v. 8, Antony and Cleopatra, facing p. 89).
  3. Caesar Octavianus [sic] receiving the sword of Antony. Antony & Cleopatra. Act [V Sc. 1.]. (v. 8, Antony and Cleopatra, facing p. 127).
  4. Cleopatra kneeling before Caesar. Antony & Cleopatra. Act V. Sc. 4. (v. 8, Antony and Cleopatra, facing p. 135).
  5. [La]vinia ravished by the sons of Tamora. Titus Andronicus. Act II. Sc. [3]. (v. 8, Titus Andronicus, facing p. 34).

Volume 9

  1. Romeo buying the poison. Romeo & Juliet. Act V. Sc. 1. (v. 9, Romeo and Juliet, facing p. 108).
  2. Romeo drinking the poison, Juliet awakening. Romeo & Juliet. Act V. Sc. 4. (v. 9, Romeo and Juliet, facing back of Ireland engraving based on Grimm’s watercolor, following p. 116).
  3. The Ghost beckoning to Hamlet. Hamlet. Act I, Sc. 7. (v. 9, Hamlet, facing p. 27).
  4. The Players. Hamlet. Act III. Sc. 6. (v. 9, Hamlet, facing p. 79).
  5. Desdemona drops the handkerchief. Othello. Act III. Sc. 6. (v. 9, Othello, facing p. 71).
    Othello- Your napkin is too little;
    Let it alone: come, I’ll go in with you
    Des: I am very sorry that you are not well;
    Aemilia: I am glad I have found this napkin here.
  6. The murder of Desdemona. Othello. Act V. Sc. 6. (v. 9, Othello, facing p. 123).

Volume 10

  1. [Th]e Ghost of Caesar appearing to Brutus. Julius Caesar. Act 4. Sc. 7. (v. 10, Julius Caesar, facing p. 85).
  2. [Th]e Fool offering Lear his Cap. King Lear. Act. 1. Sc. 13. (v. 10, King Lear, facing p. 25).
  3. [Ken]t in the stocks. King Lear. Act. II. Sc. 6. (v. 10, King Lear, facing p. 47).
  4. [Tim]on of Athens. Act IIII. Sc. 3. [untitled]. (v. 10, Timon of Athens, facing p. 69).

Volume 11

  1. John of Gaunt reproaches King Richard II. K. Richard II. Act II. Sc. [1]. (v. 11, King Richard II, facing back of engraving of the same scene, precedes p. 27).
  2. The queen of Richard II reproaching the gardeners. Richard II. Act II. Sc. 7. (v. 11, King Richard II, facing the back of an engraving of the Queen of Richard II, following p. 74).
  3. Richard II dashing to the ground the mirror held before his face in his deposition. K. Richard II. A[ct IV. Sc. I.] (v. 11, King Richard II, facing p. 86).
  4. The Duke of York snatching the plan of a Conspiracy from his son Aumerle. K. Richard II. Act. [V. Sc. 2.] (v. 11, King Richard II, facing p. 96).
  5. Duke of York pleading against his son before King Henry IV. K. Richard II. Act. V. Sc. 8. (v. 11, King Richard II, facing p. 102).
  6. [M]urdering of King Richard. K. Richard II. Act V. Sc. 12. (v.11, King Richard II, facing p. 109).
  7. [Mur]dered by King Richard appearing before him. King Richard III. Act. V. the last scene. (v. 11, King Richard III, facing p. 132).