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Robert Smirke, 1752–1845

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

Former Title(s):

The seven ages of man, from Shakespeare 5th---- "And then the justice/In fair round bellow, with good capon lin'd." [1798, Royal Academy of Arts, London, exhibition catalogue]

between 1798 and 1801
Oil on panel
15 x 19 7/8 inches (38.1 x 50.5 cm)

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 | seven [...] | [En?]graved for | Boydell’s | Gallery | [typed] P. & D. Colnaghi & Co. Ltd. | (Established 1760.) | [...] 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.”; upper left: “No. 60782 | Frame”; upper left: “No. 60781 | [handwritten] K [typed] Picture [handwritten] 77”; 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, 1805). The whole collection was sold by Tassie | [...].”

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
actors | As You Like It, play by William Shakespeare | costume | crying | dog (animal) | eyeglasses | interior | judge | justice | literary theme | magistrate | men | paintings | performance | tankard | theater (discipline) | trial | women
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, p. 44, no. 115, 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]

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