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"Ha' I Like Not That'"

patented 1882 John Rogers Born: Salem, Massachusetts 1829 Died: New Canaan, Connecticut 1904 painted plaster 22 x 20 3/4 x 14 3/8 in. (55.8 x 52.6 x 36.5 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of John Rogers and Son 1882.1.4 Smithsonian American Art Museum
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“Ha’ I Like Not That” refers to a scene from Shakespeare’s Othello. Othello and Iago have arrived to greet Othello’s wife, Desdemona, who is speaking with Cassio. Upon seeing Cassio, the traitorous Iago mutters, “Ha! I like not that,” and hints to Othello that Desdemona and Cassio may be having an affair. In this piece the actor Edwin Booth posed for Iago, and Tommaso Salvini may have posed for Othello.

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About John Rogers

Born: Salem, Massachusetts 1829 Died: New Canaan, Connecticut 1904

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