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Sir John Gilbert, 1817–1897
Apotheosis of Shakespeare's Characters
Materials & Techniques:
Watercolor, gouache, pen and black ink, and graphite on thick, slightly textured, cream wove paper mounted on wood panel
Sheet: 41 x 28 inches (104.1 x 71.1 cm)

Signed and dated in brown ink, lower left: "John Gilbert A R A | 1871.2"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Drawings & Watercolors
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
apotheosis | armor | baskets | beards | capes (outerwear) | children | costume | crowns (costume components) | donkey | fire | gesture | glorification | infants | kings (people) | knife (weapon) | literary theme | men | obese | putti | relief | robes | scepters | shepherds | shields | spears (weapons) | tricking | tunics | women
Associated People:
Shakespeare, William (1564–1616), playwright and poet
Iago (character in Othello, the Moor of Venice)
Henry IV (1367–1413), king of England and lord of Ireland, and duke of Aquitaine
King Lear (character in King Lear)
Shakespearean fool
Perdita (character in The Winter's Tale)
Puck (character in A Midsummer Night's Dream)
Ariel (character in The Tempest)
Wolsey, Thomas (1470/71–1530), royal minister, archbishop of York, and cardinal
Arthur I (1187–1203), duke of Brittany
Portia (character in The Merchant of Venice)
Shylock (character in The Merchant of Venice)
Ophelia (character in Hamlet)
Caliban (The Tempest)
Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
Henry VIII (1491–1547), king of England and Ireland
Miranda (character in The Tempest)
Mistress Ford (character in The Merry Wives of Windsor)
Prospero (character in The Tempest)
Bottom (character in A Midsummer Night's Dream)
Sir John Falstaff
Othello (character in Othello, the Moor of Venice)
Desdemona (character in Othello)
Mistress Page (character in The Merry Wives of Windsor)
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IIIF Manifest:

Shakespeare and British Art (Yale Center for British Art, 1981-04-23 - 1981-07-05) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Geoffrey Ashton, Shakespeare and British Art, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 1981, pp. 20, 126, no. 51, PR2933 Y25 A74 c.1 (YCBA) [YCBA]

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