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Benjamin van der Gucht, 1753–1794

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]

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

between 1773 and 1774
Materials & Techniques:
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:
Petruchio (character in The Taming of the Shrew)
Garrick, David (1717–1779), actor and playwright
Woodward, Henry (1714–1777), actor and pantomimist
Shakespeare, William (1564–1616), playwright and poet
Not on view
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. 53-4, 85, no. 157, PR2933 Y25 A74 c.1 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Malcolm Cormack, 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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