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

Media - 1991.66 - SAAM-1991.66_1-000001 - 11201
Copied Robert Walter Weir, The Merry Wives of Windsor: Dr. Caius, Simple and Dame Quickly, 1830, oil on canvas, 20 7817 12 in. (53.144.5 cm.), Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum Purchase, 1991.66
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Artwork Details

Title
The Merry Wives of Windsor: Dr. Caius, Simple and Dame Quickly
Date
1830
Dimensions
20 7817 12 in. (53.144.5 cm.)
Credit Line
Museum Purchase
Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure group
  • State of being — emotion — anger
  • Allegory — death
  • State of being — emotion — fear
  • Literature — Shakespeare — Merry Wives of Windsor
  • Architecture Interior
Object Number
1991.66

Artwork Description

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.