Media Information

 
 
 
Collection:
Folger Shakespeare Library Digital Image Collection
Source Creator:
Wright, John Massey, 1777-1866, artist.
Source Title:
[Drawings in the fashion of Robert Smirke, some after specific engravings] [graphic] / [John Wright].
Source Created or Published:
[late 18th century or 19th century]
Source Call Number:
ART Box W951 no.13 (size S)
Digital Image File Name:
35401
Digital Image Type:
FSL collection
Hamnet Bib ID:
248972
Hamnet Holdings ID:
321023
HAMNET CATALOG RECORD:
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Creator (Hamnet):
Wright, John Massey, 1777-1866, artist.
Title (Hamnet):
[Drawings in the fashion of Robert Smirke, some after specific engravings] [graphic] / [John Wright].
Date of Creation or Publ. (Hamnet):
[late 18th century or 19th century]
Physical Description (Hamnet):
9 drawings : watercolor, brown wash ; 287 x 279 mm. or smaller.
Notes (Hamnet):
All of the items are labeled, either on backings or versos, with the title of the Shakespeare play they illustrate. Only two of the labels include act and scene divisions. Three of the items have penciled signatures or initials in the bottom right corner of the drawing surface, some of the letters being clipped (ART Box W951 no.14, 17 & 19a). 19a has a drawing on its verso which is cataloged separately under Wright, A scene from Measure for measure, as ART Box W951 no.19b). The rest of the items are unsigned and measurements vary. W951 no.14 also has drawing on verso, revealed after conservation treatement, a pencil sketch of a battle scene.
Notes (Hamnet):
Artist: J.M Wright's designs often bear similarities to designs by other artists, particularly Stothard and Smirke, who were working during the same time period as Wright, though they were a bit older and were receiving more recognition. It may have been that Wright was a copyist who recreated other artist's designs for commissions. This particular group of watercolors has been drawn together due to their similarities to designs by Robert Smirke. Many of the items appear to be taken directly from paintings, or engravings after paintings, though often changes have been made in the shaping of some of the figures or the exact number and placement of characters portrayed. The engravings after which these watercolors are taken are listed, with FSL call numbers, in the History section of this catalog entry. The items which are not taken from exact designs are similar in character portrayal or facial expression to works by Smirke. ART Box W951 no.13 was originally attributed to George Cattermole but bears little resemblance to his work. It was sold with another item, also attributed to Catermole, which matches in design an engraving by Wright (ART Box W951 no.2).
Notes (Hamnet):
History: ART Box W951 no.16 & 17 are similar to an engraving by James Heath after a painting by Smirke (see ART File S528m6 no.53). ART Box W951 no.18 is similar to an engraving by Charles Heath after a painting by Smirke (see ART File S528k1a no.24). ART Box W951 no.19a is similar to a painting by Smirke which was executed for the Boydell Gallery (see ART File S528k1a no.3, pt. 1). The woman pictured in ART Box W951 no.20 & 21 is similar in characterization to the woman pictured in an illustration, designed by Smirke, to Measure for measure (see ART File S528m2 no.1). Another watercolor by Wright in the FSL collection matches a design by Smirke, however it is cataloged under the title 'Illustrations to Shakespeare large vignettes', see that entry under Wright for information (ART Box W951 no.57).
Notes (Hamnet):
NSS: many different electronic resources to add to this record, but can only create this 852 once - how are we dealing with these?
Notes (Hamnet):
Provenance: ART Box W951 no.14, 17, 18, 20 were formerly part of ART Inventory 289 (no.39, 28, 43, 82), see entry under Wright for 'Masquerade' for provenance information. ART Box W951 no.15 was formerly part of ART Inventory 286 (no.27), see entry under Wright for 'Comedy and tragedy' for provenance information. ART Box W951 no.13 was purchased from Maggs Bros, who attributed it to George Cattermole, in July of 1929 (Case 1936). ART Box W951 no.15 was also purchased from Maggs, Feb. 1923 (labeled Case 1119 but not noted on case list). ART Box W951 no.19a was purchased from E. Parsons & Sons, Nov. 6, 1922, however, the Parsons catalog included with the case information on the purchase does not list this item (Case 1969). ART Box W951 no.21 was also purchased form Parsons, July, 1927 (Case 1696).
Notes (Hamnet):
Published work: Shakespeare, William. Works ... London : Scott, Webster & Geary, 1836.
Notes (Hamnet):
Subject: Items depict the following scenes: King Henry V, Act V, Sc. 1 - Fluellen compelling Pistol to eat the leek (ART Box W951 no.13) ; Midsummer night's dream - the performance of Pyramus and Thisbe (no.14) ; Much ado about nothing, Act III, Sc. 3 (no.15) and Act IV, Sc. 4 (no.16 & 17, 17 being a rough study for 16) ; Henry IV, pt. 1, Act II, Sc. 4 (no.18, labeled incorrectly as Merry wives) and Act II, Sc. 1 (no.19a) ; Taming of the shrew - induction (no.20 labeled Taming of the shrew but more likely Romeo and Juliet, Act II, Sc. 4) ; Romeo and Juliet, Act II, Sc. 4 (no.21).
Notes (Hamnet):
This record contains unverifiable data from old cards and may contain incorrect or incomplete text. Please consult Curator for assistance.
Notes (Hamnet):
Title devised by cataloger.
Subject (Hamnet):
Drawings -- 18th century.
Subject (Hamnet):
Drawings -- 19th century.
Subject (Hamnet):
Fluellen (Fictitious character), depicted.
Subject (Hamnet):
Pistol (Fictitious character : Shakespeare), depicted.
Subject (Hamnet):
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Characters -- Fluellen, depicted.
Subject (Hamnet):
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Characters -- Pistol, depicted.
Subject (Hamnet):
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. Henry V. Act 5. Scene 1, depicted.
Subject (Hamnet):
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. King Henry IV. Part 1. Act 2. Scene 1, depicted.
Subject (Hamnet):
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. King Henry IV. Part 1. Act 2. Scene 4, depicted.
Subject (Hamnet):
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. Midsummer night's dream. Act 5. Scene 1, depicted.
Subject (Hamnet):
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. Much ado about nothing. Act 3. Scene 3, depicted.
Subject (Hamnet):
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. Much ado about nothing. Act 4. Scene 4, depicted
Subject (Hamnet):
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. Romeo and Juliet. Act 2. Scene 4, depicted.
Subject (Hamnet):
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. Taming of the shrew, depicted.
Associated Name (Hamnet):
Cattermole, George, 1800-1868, possible artist.
Associated Name (Hamnet):
Smirke, Robert, 1752-1845, artist.
Call Number (Hamnet):
ART Box W951 no.13 (size S)

[Drawings in the fashion of Robert Smirke, some after specific engravings] [graphic]…