Embroidered Picture Portraying Shakespeare's Character Falstaff

Embroidered Picture Portraying Shakespeare's Character Falstaff

1800 to 1900 England

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An Embroidered Silk Picture Shakespeare's Character Falstaff
The image taken from a print of the late 18th century
Early 19th Century

Size: 31cm high, 26cm wide – 12¼ ins high, 10¼ ins wide
37cm high, 33cm wide – 14½ ins high, 13 ins wide (framed)
Provenance: Ex Swiss Private collection
Somewhat of a buffoon, Sir John Falstaff is a character in Shakespeare's Henry IV (parts 1 & 2) and the Merry Wives of Windsor. He is fat, witty, a lover of sack wine and jests, and skillful at turning jokes on himself to his own advantage: 'I am not only witty in myself, but the cause that wit is in other men' (Henry IV part 2 I.ii 8 – 9). He is also the subject of at least nine operas including Verdi's Falstaff of 1893.
Silk, wood and glass
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