Detail View: LUNA: Folger Digital Image Collection: Othello's description of Desdemona [graphic] / J. C. Hook.

Digital Image File Name: 
Source Call Number: 
Source Creator: 
Hook, James Clarke, 1819-1907, artist.
Image Title: 
James Clarke Hook. Othello's description of Desdemona. Oil on canvas, ca. 1852
Source Title: 
Othello's description of Desdemona [graphic] / J. C. Hook.
Image Details: 
from a 4x5 color transparency
Source Created or Published: 
ca. 1852
Digital Image Type: 
FSL collection
Creator (Hamnet): 
Hook, James Clarke, 1819-1907, artist.
Title (Hamnet): 
Othello's description of Desdemona [graphic]. J. C. Hook.
Date of Creation or Publ. (Hamnet): 
ca. 1852.
Physical Description (Hamnet): 
1 painting on panel : oil ; 78.6 x 53.3 cm.
Subject (Hamnet): 
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. Othello. Act IV. Scene 1 -- Illustrations.
Subject (Hamnet): 
Paintings. gmgpc
Subject (Hamnet): 
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Characters -- Desdemona.
Subject (Hamnet): 
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Characters -- Othello.
Notes (Hamnet): 
A small oil sketch on panel (9 1/2 x 6 3/4 in.) was sold at Sotheby's Belgravia on 19 November 1974, lot 139, repr. It was inscribed on its reverse: "[to] P. F. Poole A.R.A. from J. C. Hook."
Notes (Hamnet): 
Condition reviewed The panel has been prepared with a fine gesso surface, which has been painted over smoothly
Notes (Hamnet): 
Conserved There is no evidence of repaint or other restoration
Notes (Hamnet): 
Exhibited: London, Royal Academy, 1852, no. 210; 'Eliz. View of Italy,' Mar.-Jun.93; As imagination bodies forth...' [paintings] Oct.28, 1993-Feb.15, 1994.
Notes (Hamnet): 
G. Michelmore & Co., Rare Books, Autographs, Manuscripts, 5 Royal Opera Arcade, Pall Mall, London SW1, July 1925, £100. (A printed text, listing this picture as no. 14, has been cut out and pasted on the back of the panel at lower left. The entry may well be clipped from an auction catalogue)
Notes (Hamnet): 
Signed at lower right: "J C Hook." A piece of paper in pen and ink, perhaps in the artist's hand, is glued to the back of the panel at upper left: "Othello's description of Desdemona. / -An admirable musician! O, she / will sing the savageness out of a bear!- / Of so high and plenteous wit and / invention! / Othello Act 4th Scene 1st. / Painted by Jas C Hook A.R.A. / Tor Villa / Campden Hill / Kensington" (Tor Villa is the house that Hook had just built for himself)
Notes (Hamnet): 
The Times, 14 May 1852, p. 6; The Art Journal, 1 June 1852, p. 169; The Athenaeum, 3 July 1852, p. 129; The Dictionary of National Biography, London, Supplement (1912; reprinted 1927), vol. 2, p. 294, this painting and two others cited as the best-known pictures of his early period; Altick 1985, p. 307.
Notes (Hamnet): 
This record contains unverified data from a re-keying contract and may contain incorrect or incomplete text. Please consult Curator for assistance.
Notes (Hamnet): 
Title from Pressly.
Citations (Hamnet): 
Pressly, W.L. Paintings in the Folger Shakespeare Library, 40 (Plate 17)
Folger Holdings Notes (Hamnet): 
Temporary location: First floor office area
Call Number (Hamnet):