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Robert Smirke, 1752–1845
The Seven Ages of Man: The Pantaloon, 'As You Like It,' II, vii
Former Title(s):
The seven ages of man, from Shakespeare 6th --- "The sixth Age shifts/ Into the lean and slipper'd pantaloon,/ With spectacles on nose, and pouch on side." [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: “[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 | Boydell’s | [typed] P. & D. Colnaghi & Co. Ltd. | (Established 1760.) | [...] | 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 [...]”; upper left: “No. 60786 | Frame”; upper left: “No. 60786 | [handwritten] K [typed] Picture [handwritten] 75”

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 | beggars | boy | child | costume | dog (animal) | eyeglasses | gesture | house | landscape | literary theme | men | peg | performance | spectacles | steps | theater (discipline) | woman
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, 100, no. 116, 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, pp. 200-201, fig. 85, N72.N38 D53 2013 (YCBA) [YCBA]

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