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Benjamin van der Gucht, 1753–1794, British

Henry Woodward as Petruchio in Catherine and Petruchio, a version by Garrick of "The Taming of the Shrew"

Former Title(s):

Henry Woodward as Petruchio in 'Catherine and Petruchio' [1985, Cormack, YCBA Concise Catalogue]

Henry Woodward as Petruchio

A portrait in the character of Petruchio, half length. [1774, Royal Academy of Arts, London, exhibition catalogue]

between 1773 and 1774
Oil on canvas
50 x 40 inches (127 x 101.6 cm)

Label on verso, upper center: "Tho.s Agnew & Sons Ltd | [logo] No 36289 | By appointment | To his late Majesty King George VI | Fine Art Publishers Thos. Agnew | & Sons Ltd. London | London, | 43 Old Bond Street, | Piccadilly W1X4BA"; center: "Benjamin van der Gucht 1794 | 51 [italics] Henry Woodward in the Character of Petruchio [non italics] | Canvas, 50 by 40 inches, 127 by 101·5 cms. | Collection: Presented by the artist to the Lock Hospital, with whom the | painting remained until after 1906. | Exhibited: Royal Academy, 1774, No. 305."; center, handwritten: "201"; lower right: "Pitt & Scott Ltd | London | F. [handwritten] 4993 | [typed] 4878"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
actor | comedy | costume | curtain | drapery | feather | lace | literary theme | man | performance | pose | red | sword | The Taming of the Shrew, play by William Shakespeare | theater | tricorne
Associated People:
Woodward, Henry (1714–1777), actor and pantomimist
Garrick, David (1717–1779), actor and playwright
Petruchio (character in The Taming of the Shrew)
Shakespeare, William (1564–1616), playwright and poet
Not on view
IIIF Manifest:

Shakespeare on Canvas (Yale Center for British Art, 2012-01-02 - 2012-06-30) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

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

Malcolm Cormack, A Concise Catalogue of Paintings in the Yale Center for British Art, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 1985, pp. 108-109, N590.2 A83 (YCBA) [YCBA]

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