King Lear in the Storm

  • Henry Brintnell Bounetheau, Sir Joshua Reynolds, King Lear in the Storm, ca. 1842, watercolor on ivory, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Henry Du Pré Bounetheau, 1946.3.14

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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.

Title
King Lear in the Storm
Artists
Date
ca. 1842
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
sight 6 3/8 x 5 1/2 in. (16.2 x 14.0 cm) rectangle
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. Henry Du Pré Bounetheau

Mediums
Mediums Description
watercolor on ivory
Classifications
Keywords
  • Literature – Shakespeare – King Lear
  • Figure male – bust
  • Landscape – weather – storm
Object Number
1946.3.14
Palette
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