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Creator:
Sir John Gilbert, 1817–1897, British
Title:

Apotheosis of Shakespeare's Characters

Date:
1871
Medium:
Watercolor, gouache, pen and black ink with graphite on thick, slightly textured, cream wove paper mounted on wood panel
Dimensions:
Sheet: 41 x 28 inches (104.1 x 71.1 cm)
Inscription(s)/Marks/Lettering:

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:
B1976.1.51
Classification:
Drawings & Watercolors
Collection:
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
armor | baskets | beards | capes (outerwear) | children | costume | crowns (costume components) | donkey | fire | gesture | glorification | infants | kings (people) | knife (weapon) | men | obese | putti | relief | robes | scepters | shepherds | shields | spears (weapons) | tunics | women
Associated People:
Henry IV (1367–1413), king of England and lord of Ireland, and duke of Aquitaine
Perdita (character in The Winter's Tale)
Arthur I (1187–1203), duke of Brittany
Wolsey, Thomas (1470/71–1530), royal minister, archbishop of York, and cardinal
Mistress Page (character in The Merry Wives of Windsor)
Mistress Ford (character in The Merry Wives of Windsor)
Desdemona (character in Othello)
Bottom (character in A Midsummer Night's Dream)
Iago (character in Othello, the Moor of Venice)
Ariel (character in The Tempest)
Henry VIII (1491–1547), king of England and Ireland
Shakespeare, William (1564–1616), playwright and poet
Othello (character in Othello, the Moor of Venice)
Prospero (character in The Tempest)
Miranda (character in The Tempest)
Shakespearean fool
Caliban (The Tempest)
Sir John Falstaff
Ophelia (character in Hamlet)
Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
Puck (character in A Midsummer Night's Dream)
King Lear (character in King Lear)
Shylock (character in The Merchant of Venice)
Portia (character in The Merchant of Venice)
characters
Access:
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Link:
https://collections.britishart.yale.edu/catalog/tms:10103
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