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King Lear in the Storm

ca. 1842 Henry Brintnell Bounetheau Born: Charleston, South Carolina 1797 Died: Charleston, South Carolina 1877 Copy after Sir Joshua Reynolds Born: Plympton, England 1723 Died: London, England 1792 watercolor on ivory sight 6 3/8 x 5 1/2 in. (16.2 x 14.0 cm) rectangle Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Henry Du Pré Bounetheau 1946.3.14 Not currently on view


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Henry Brintnell Bounetheau copied a painting by Sir Joshua Reynolds, president of the Royal Academy in England, to make this miniature. Such copies were common practice among miniaturists and full-scale painters alike. In Shakespeare’s King Lear the storm signifies the onset of the king’s madness, after he discovers the betrayal of his two elder daughters. Conservation of this miniature was made possible through a generous grant provided by the Smithsonian Women’s Committee.

Keywords

Figure male - bust

Landscape - weather - storm

Literature - Shakespeare - King Lear

painting - miniature

paint - watercolor

ivory

About Henry Brintnell Bounetheau

Born: Charleston, South Carolina 1797 Died: Charleston, South Carolina 1877

About Copy after Sir Joshua Reynolds

Born: Plympton, England 1723 Died: London, England 1792

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