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The Merry Wives of Windsor: Dr. Caius, Simple and Dame Quickly

1830 Robert Walter Weir Born: New York, New York 1803 Died: New York, New York 1889 oil on canvas 20 7/8 x 17 1/2 in. (53.1 x 44.5 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum Purchase 1991.66 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 7A


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American artists, actors, and writers during the nineteenth century were still heavily influenced by English literature, and Shakespeare’s plays enjoyed many revivals. In this painting, Robert W. Weir illustrated a moment in The Merry Wives of Windsor when a character finds his rival’s servant in his closet. Weir gave the two men comical expressions of horror to emphasize the slapstick nature of the scene.

Keywords

Allegory - death

Architecture Interior

Figure group

Literature - Shakespeare - Merry Wives of Windsor

State of being - emotion - anger

State of being - emotion - fear

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About Robert Walter Weir

Born: New York, New York 1803 Died: New York, New York 1889

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