WAG 525


Ariel is a character in 'The Tempest' by William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616), a spirit who serves the magician, Prospero. Ariel sings a song in Act V, Scene I, and this watercolour appears to illustrate the lines 'Merrily, merrily, will I live now / Under the blossom that hangs on the bough'. Fitzgerald mainly painted fairy pictures, creating fantastical scenes with many figures, bright colours and almost hallucinogenic compositions. This watercolour is relatively constrained in comparison. He was so associated with the genre that he was nicknamed 'Fairy Fitzegerald'.