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Viola Surviving the Shipwreck off the Coast of Illyria, from “Twelfth Night”

A work made of black chalk and charcoal on ivory laid paper, edge mounted on ivory laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of black chalk and charcoal on ivory laid paper, edge mounted on ivory laid paper.

Date:

c. 1776

Artist:

George Romney
English, 1734-1802

About this artwork

George Romney’s reputation as a portraitist rivaled that of Sir Joshua Reynolds and Thomas Gainsborough, the leading figures of 18th-century British painting. Romney’s true ambition to be a history painter, however, was not fully realized until the Boydell Shakespeare Gallery was opened in 1786. This drawing is one of hundreds by Romney, most of which are in pen and wash, illustrating Shakespeare, Milton, and Greco-Roman mythology. The artist’s sweeping gestures with pen and wash emphasize the struggle and loss brought on by the shipwreck in the opening act of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

George Romney

Title

Viola Surviving the Shipwreck off the Coast of Illyria, from “Twelfth Night”

Origin

England

Date

Made 1771–1781

Medium

Black chalk and charcoal on ivory laid paper, edge mounted on ivory laid paper

Inscriptions

Inscribed verso, left of center, in pen and brown ink: "No. 27"; upper right, in graphite: "Early study for a Shipwreck"

Dimensions

297 × 489 mm (primary support); 360 × 554 mm (secondary support)

Credit Line

Gift of Dorothy Braude Edinburg to the Harry B. and Bessie K. Braude Memorial Collection

Reference Number

2013.1015

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