Théodore Chassériau (French, Le Limon, Saint-Domingue, West Indies 1819–1856 Paris)
William Shakespeare (British, Stratford-upon-Avon 1564–1616 Stratford-upon-Avon)
Black chalk on buff wove paper
sheet: 11 11/16 x 7 3/8 in. (29.7 x 18.7 cm)
Bequest of Alexandrine Sinsheimer, 1958
Not on view
Between 1852 and 1855 Chassériau returned to Shakespearean themes in his paintings and drawings, using an 1844 series of fifteen etchings devoted to Othello as a starting point. This image of Cassio relates to plate 6, where Desdemona tells Cassio that she will plead his cause with her husband (see: 64.599.1).
Signature: Black chalk, lower left: Thre. Chassériau / 1852-
Pierre-Olivier Dubaut (French, born Paris, 1886)(b. 1886), ParisLugt Supp. 2103b; André de Hevesy (French), Paris (1932-33); Alexandrine Sinsheimer, New York; Donor: Alexandrine Sinsheimer
Allen Memorial Art Museum. "Ingres and His Circle, an exhibition of drawings, Oberlin, 1967," March 3, 1967–March 24, 1967.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Classicism and Romanticism. French Drawings and Prints," September 15, 1970–November 1, 1970.
Chassériau 1819-1856. Musée de l'Orangerie, Paris, 1933, cat. no. 187, pp. 80-81.
"Ingres and His Circle, an exhibition of drawings." in Oberlin College Bulletin. vol. 24, no. 3, Oberlin, 1967, cat. no. 19, fig. no. pl. 19, p. 162, ill.
Linda Boyer Gillies, Colta Ives, Jacob Bean Classicism and Romanticism: French Drawings and Prints, 1800-1860. Ex. cat. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1970, cat. no. 4, p. 1.
Jay McKean Fisher Théodore Chassériau Illustrations for Othello. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, 1979-80, pp. 68, 72, ill.
Louis-Antoine Prat, Musée du Louvre , Cabinet du Dessins Dessins de Théodore Chassériau: Musée du Louvre, Cabinet du Dessins. 1988, cat. no. vol I, no. 413.
Louis-Antoine Prat Théodore Chassériau, 1819-1856: dessins conservés en dehors du Louvre. Galerie de Bayser, Paris, Cahiers du dessin français, no. 5, Paris, 1988, cat. no. 102, p. 19, ill.
Stéphane Guégan, Vincent Pomarède, Louis-Antoine Prat, Bruno Chenique, Christine Peltre, Peter Benson Miller, Gary Tinterow Théodore Chassériau, 1819-1856: The Unknown Romantic. Exh. cat., Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais, Paris, February 26-May 27, 2002; Musée des Beaux-Arts de Strasbourg, June 19-September 21, 2002; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, October 22, 2002-January 5, 2003. New York, 2002, cat. no. 199, pp. 203, 330, ill.
Maria Grazia Messina "Shakespeare and Romantic Painting in Europe" in Shakespeare in Art, published on the occasion of the exhibition, Dulwich Picture Gallery. Jane Martineau, 2003, pp. 174-179 (opinions of Shakespeare in France, stage productions and paintings made in response by Delacroix and Chasseriau).
Artist: Théodore Chassériau (French, Le Limon, Saint-Domingue, West Indies 1819–1856 Paris)Date: 1845Medium: Graphite on white wove paper darkened to buff, mounted on stiff paperAccession: 1975.1.581On view in:Not on view