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John Gilbert As Sir Peter Teazle

modeled 1889 Jonathan Scott Hartley Born: Albany, New York 1845 Died: New York, New York 1912 painted plaster 28 5/8 x 24 5/8 x 16 5/8 in. (72.7 x 62.5 x 42.2 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the artist XX49 Not currently on view


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Jonathan Scott Hartley shows John Gilbert in the role of Sir Peter Teazle from Richard Sheridan’s popular play The School for Scandal (1777). Even as a young man, Gilbert was known for his humorous portrayals of old men and he was recognized in America for keeping alive the traditions of English comedy. During his long career, he performed in Boston, New York, and London and was the acting manager at Wallack’s Theater in New York.

Keywords

Dress - historic - eighteenth century dress

Literature - Sheridan - School for Scandal

Performing arts - theater - performer

Portrait male - Gilbert, John - bust

sculpture

metal - bronze

plaster

About Jonathan Scott Hartley

Born: Albany, New York 1845 Died: New York, New York 1912

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