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Florizel and Perdita

by 1887 Albert Pinkham Ryder Born: New Bedford, Massachusetts 1847 Died: New York, New York 1917 oil on canvas mounted on fiberboard 12 1/4 x 7 1/4 in. (31.1 x 18.4 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of John Gellatly 1929.6.94 Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Albert Pinkham Ryder painted several images based on plays by William Shakespeare. His favorite play was The Winter’s Tale, and this small image shows the characters Prince Florizel and the shepherd girl Perdita, who he was forbidden to marry. They discovered that Perdita was actually the banished daughter of a king, however, and the lovers were reunited. Ryder never married and constantly mourned the absence of love in his life. (Broun, Albert Pinkham Ryder, 1989) He may have been comparing himself to Prince Florizel and hoping that he, too, would fall in love with a “princess.”

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Figure group

Landscape

Literature - Shakespeare - Winter's Tale

Recreation - courting

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

fiberboard

About Albert Pinkham Ryder

Born: New Bedford, Massachusetts 1847 Died: New York, New York 1917

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