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Creator:
Robert Smirke, 1752–1845, British
Title:

The Seven Ages of Man: The Soldier, 'As You Like It,' II, vii

Date:
between 1798 and 1801
Medium:
Oil on panel
Dimensions:
Support (PTG): 15 x 19 7/8 inches (38.1 x 50.5 cm)
Inscription(s)/Marks/Lettering:

Label on verso, lower center: “[handwritten, underlined] The Seven Ages of Man, from Shakespeare. | Oil Painting by Richard Smirke R.A. | (1752-1825) | 1 of a set of | [...] | [En?]graved for | [...] | Gallery | (typed) P. & D. Colnaghi & Co. Ltd. | (Established 1760.) | Experts, Valuers and Dealers | Paintings, Drawings, Engravings, Etchings | By the | 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. | The paintings of the Shakespeare Gallery constituted the | Great Prize in Boydell’s Lottery (28th January, 1805), which | was won by William Tassie (see [italics] The Farington Diary, [non italics] 8th | February, 1

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
B1975.5.11
Classification:
Paintings
Collection:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
actor | As You Like It, play by William Shakespeare | battle | cannons | costume | fire | flag | literary theme | men | performance | pose | smoke | soldiers | theater (discipline)
Associated People:
Shakespeare, William (1564–1616), playwright and poet
Access:
Not on view
Link:
https://collections.britishart.yale.edu/catalog/tms:221
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