Anne Page and Slender (Shakespeare's Merry Wives of Windsor, Act 1, Scene 1)
Samuel William Reynolds, the elder (British, London 1773–1835 London)
After Richard Parkes Bonington (British, Arnold, Nottinghamshire 1802–1828 London)
Moon, Boys & Graves (London)
William Shakespeare (British, Stratford-upon-Avon 1564–1616 Stratford-upon-Avon)
Mezzotint and etching; before first state
image: 7 3/4 x 6 in. (19.7 x 15.2 cm)
plate: 10 x 8 in. (25.4 x 20.3 cm)
sheet: 20 x 13 1/2 in. (50.8 x 34.3 cm)
Gift of Georgiana W. Sargent, in memory of John Osborne Sargent, 1924
Not on view
This print reproduces a painting that Bonington made around 1825 and shows one of the Merry Wives of Windsor, Anne Page, gesturing towards the foolish Slender who mistakenly believes that the lady welcome his advances. One of the artist's earliest figure subjects in oil, the poses and costumes echo Joseph Strutt's "Complete Book of English Costumes and Vestments" (1797).
Signature: in plate, below image: "Bonington pinx-t."; "S. W. Reynolds sculp-t"
Inscription: Publication line not yet added
Georgiana W. Sargent; Donor: Georgiana W. Sargent
Whitman 331 before i/ii
Alfred Whitman Samuel William Reynolds: Catalogue of the engraved works. London, 1903, cat. no. 331, p. 96.
Patrick Noon Richard Parkes Bonington: The Complete Paintings. Yale University Press, New Haven, 2008, related work: oil on canvas, ca. 1825, The Wallace Collection, London, cat. no. 394 (after), pp. 422-3, ill.