The Magazine

April, 1894, Page: 37

Image Dimensions: 6 x 17.8 cms

Page Dimensions: 31.8 x 25.6 cms


Title: The Witches

Date: 1894

Inscription: Drawing, pen and ink on paper, 6 x 17.8 cm, attached to page, captioned beneath, “J.M. Aitken / THE WITCHES.”

Keywords: witches; women; figures

Material: Pen and ink

Commentary: The dark silhouetted figures are witches surrounding a cauldron which is placed on a fire. Is the central naked figure another witch powerfully casting a spell or is she attempting to extinguish the flames with streams of water? If, however, the drawing is a comment on Aitken’s preceding essay the figure could represent the artist creating grotesque figures.