Florizel and Perdita

  • Albert Pinkham Ryder, Florizel and Perdita, by 1887, oil, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of John Gellatly, 1929.6.94

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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.

Title
Florizel and Perdita
Artists
Date
by 1887
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Dimensions
12 1/4 x 7 1/4 in. (31.1 x 18.4 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of John Gellatly

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Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure group
  • Landscape
  • Recreation – courting
  • Literature – Shakespeare – Winter's Tale
Object Number
1929.6.94
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