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Robert Smirke, 1752–1845
The Seven Ages of Man: The Lover, 'As You Like It,' II, vii
Former Title(s):
The seven ages of man, from Shakespeare 3rd ------ "And then the lover,/Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad/Made to his mistress' eye-brow" [1798, Royal Academy of Arts, London, exhibition catalogue]
between 1798 and 1801
Materials & Techniques:
Oil on panel
15 x 19 7/8 inches (38.1 x 50.5 cm)

Label on verso, lower center: “[...] | Old and Modern Masters. | 14, Old Bond Street, London, W.1. | Telegrams: Colnaghi, Piccy, London | Telephone: Hyde Park 1943-44.”; lower right: “Smirke exhibited [italics] The Seven Ages of Man, [non italics] R.A. 1798, | No. 88, but Graves, [italics] The Royal Academy Exhibitors 1769- | 1904, [non italics] Vol. VII, p. 163, suggests the possibility that it was | not this set, but the subjects painted again in one picture.”; lower left: “Plastic | [handwritten in red] 662 | [typed] Varnish”; upper left: “No. 60783 | Frame”; upper left: “No. 60783 | [handwritten] K ([yped] Picture [handwritten] 72”

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
actor | angels | As You Like It, play by William Shakespeare | balcony | bedroom | chairs | costume | curtains | interior | letter | light | literary theme | lover | man | morning | night | paintings | performance | sword | table | theater (discipline) | writing (processes)
Associated People:
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. 44, 99, no. 113, 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. 206-207, N590.2 A83 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Rosie Dias, Exhibiting Englishness, John Boydell's Shakespeare Gallery and the formation of a national aesthetic , Yale University Press, New Haven, 2013, p. 198, N72.N38 D53 2013 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Winifred H. Friedman, Boydell's Shakespeare Gallery, New York, 1976, p.235, PR2833 .B553 F7 1976 (LC) [ORBIS]

Naysan Mojgani, The Performative Image and the Power of the Audience: Shakespeare in Visual Art [PhD Dissertation, University of California, San Diego], San Diego, CA, 2015, p.134, fig. 3.9, ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global [ORBIS]

Royal Academy of Arts, Exhibition of the Royal Academy 1798 : the thirtieth, London, p. 6, no. 88, N5054 A53 29-49 [ORBIS]

The Boydell Shakespeare Prints, B. Blom, New York, no. XLII, PR2883 +B63 [ORBIS]

The Shakespeare Gallery : [a reproduction commemorative of the tercentenary anniversary, MDCCCLXIV], Accessed January 18, 2023, p. 103, no. XXVI, Nineteenth Century Collections Online [ORBIS]

William Shakespeare 1564-1964: An Exhibition of Paintings, Drawings, and Sculptures in the Collections of the American Shakespeare Festival Theatre and Academy, Knoedler Gallery, Stratford, CT, p.25, no.60-66, PR2883 A43 [ORBIS]

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