"Ha' I Like Not That'"
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
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 16A
Luce Center Label
“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.
Literature - Shakespeare - Othello
Performing arts - theater