Master Page, Anne Page, and Slender

Master Page, Anne Page, and Slender

1795-1805
Artist
John Downman, Welsh, 1750-1824
painting
Oil paint on canvas
Gift of the Berger Collection Educational Trust
2019.3

John Downman 
British, 1750–1824
Master Page, Anne Page, and Slender, about 1800
Oil paint on canvas
Gift of the Berger Collection Educational Trust, 2019.3

Dimensions
image height: 32 1/2 in, 82.55 cm; image width: 39 3/4 in, 100.965 cm; frame height: 42 1/4 in, 107.315 cm; frame width: 48 7/8 in, 124.1425 cm; frame depth: 3 3/4 in, 9.525 cm
Department
European and American Art Before 1900
Collection
European Painting and Sculpture before 1900

William Shakespeare had been dead nearly 200 years when publisher John Boydell undertook a campaign to revive interest in the bard. He commissioned the greatest artists of the day to paint scenes from his plays, then sold prints of the pictures in his London gallery. One result of this venture was a vogue for amateur productions of Shakespeare’s plays, as here, in this scene from The Merry Wives of Windsor

Known Provenance
The Dawkins family; by descent from the sitters; Richard L. Feigen & Co., New York; from whom acquired by William M. B. Berger and Bernadette Johnson Berger, Denver, 1997; Berger Collection Educational Trust; gifted to the Denver Art Museum, 2019. Provenance research is on-going at the Denver Art Museum and we will post information as it becomes available. Please e-mail provenance@denverartmuseum.org, if you have questions, or if you have additional information to share with us.

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