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Creator:
Joseph Noel Paton, 1821–1901, British
Title:

Puck and Fairies, from "A Midsummer Night's Dream"

Former Title(s):

Elves and Fairies from 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' [1985, Cormack, YCBA Concise Catalogue]

Date:
ca. 1850
Medium:
Oil on millboard
Dimensions:
Support (PTG): 10 3/8 x 12 1/4 inches (26.4 x 31.1 cm)
Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
B1975.5.6
Classification:
Paintings
Collection:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
A Midsummer Night's Dream, play by William Shakespeare | butterflies | costume | dream | fairies | fairy tale | flowers (plants) | forest | hats | literary theme | mushrooms | music | musical instruments | nudes | plants | snails | snails | theater (discipline) | wings | women
Associated People:
Shakespeare, William (1564–1616), playwright and poet
Puck (character in A Midsummer Night's Dream)
Access:
Not on view
Link:
https://collections.britishart.yale.edu/catalog/tms:216
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This small painting is based on a detail of a larger work: The Quarrel of Oberon and Titania, which was exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy in 1850 and is now at the Scottish National Gallery. Rather than illustrating a specific passage in Shakespeare’s play A Midsummer Night’s Dream, it evokes the “moonlight revels” mentioned by the fairy queen Titania. Despite Paton’s successes, his friend David Octavius Hill, Secretary of the Royal Scottish Academy, suggested he stop painting such subjects for fear that the “asinine multitude” believe “that you can do nothing else, and that you are raving mad.”

Gallery label for installation of YCBA collection, 2016

Malcolm Cormack, A Concise Catalogue of Paintings in the Yale Center for British Art, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 1985, pp. 176-177, N590.2 A83 (YCBA)

Jane Martineau, Shakespeare in art, Merrell, London, New York, 2003, pp. 234, 235, no. 83, PR2883 .S52513 2003 OVERSIZE (YCBA)

Jane Martineau, Shakespeare nell'arte, Arte, Ferrara, 2003, pp. 324, 325, no. 81, PR2883 .S525 2003 OVERSIZE (YCBA)


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