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Creator:
Robert Smirke, 1752–1845, British
Title:
The Seven Ages of Man: The Pantaloon, '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 | 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:
B1975.5.13
Classification:
Paintings
Collection:
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
Access:
Not on view
Exhibition History:
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Shakespeare and British Art (Yale Center for British Art, 1981-04-23 - 1981-07-05)

Publications:
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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)

Link:
https://collections.britishart.yale.edu/catalog/tms:223
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