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Fuseli, Henry, 1741-1825.
Henry Fuseli. Puck. Oil on canvas, ca. 1810-1820
Puck [graphic] / Henry Fuseli.
from a 4x5 transparency
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HAMNET CATALOG RECORD:
Fuseli, Henry, 1741-1825, artist.
Puck [graphic]. Henry Fuseli.
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Physical Description (Hamnet):
1 painting on canvas : oil ; 92 x 71.5 cm.
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Characters -- Puck.
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. Midsummer night's dream. Act II. Scene 1 -- Illustrations.
Burdett-Coutts sale, Christie, Manson & Woods, Auctioneers, 8 King St., St. James's Square, London, 4 May 1922, no. 25, 25 guineas (£26.5.0), Rosenbach acting as agent.
Conserved 19510000 the painting was sent to Boston to be relined and cleaned when it was on loan for the exhibition at Amherst in 1951. It was conserved again in 1959 and 1979. It was during this last restoration that the sketch on the verso was noted for the first time when the secondary support was removed. According to the condition report, the painting of the woman on the couch on the recto was probably uncovered during a previous restoration. The restorer also noted that two figures are visible in the background if the right side of the painting is at the bottom. In inpainting losses and abrasions an attempt was made to minimize the confusion resulting from the multiple images
Exhibited: Mead Art Building, Amherst College, "Shakespeare, Hamlet and Macbeth" (no catalogue), 1951; Mead Art Building, Amherst College, (no catalogue), 1952; Washington, D.C., Federal Reserve Board, Eighteenth and Nineteenth-Century English Painting, 1976-1977, no. 9; San Francisco, California Academy of Sciences, and six other cities in traveling exhibition organized by the Folger Shakespeare Library, "Shakespeare: The Globe and the World," 1979-1982, repr. in color p. 155; Montgomery, Ala., Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, and two other cities in traveling exhibition, "A Brush with Shakespeare: The Bard in Painting, 1780-1910", 1985-1986, no. 25; 'As imagination bodies forth...' [paintings] Oct. 28, 1993-Feb. 15, 1994.
On verso, remains of a painting of a group of courtesans.
References: Schiff 1973, vol. 1, p. 495, (no. 751), dated ca. 1785-90; Schiff and Viotto 1977, no. 77, dated ca. 1785-90; Schiff and Weinglass (forthcoming), dated ca. 1810-1820.
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Versions: The Boydell painting, its location now unknown, is reproduced in Schiff 1973, vol. 2, pl. 750.
Title from Pressly.
Pressly, W.L. Paintings in the Folger Shakespeare Library, 25