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

  • Robert Walter Weir, The Merry Wives of Windsor: Dr. Caius, Simple and Dame Quickly, 1830, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum Purchase, 1991.66

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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.

Title
The Merry Wives of Windsor: Dr. Caius, Simple and Dame Quickly
Artist
Date
1830
On View
Dimensions
20 7/8 x 17 1/2 in. (53.1 x 44.5 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum Purchase

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Architecture Interior
  • Literature – Shakespeare – Merry Wives of Windsor
  • Figure group
  • State of being – emotion – fear
  • Allegory – death
  • State of being – emotion – anger
Object Number
1991.66
Palette
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