George Clint Falstaff’s Assignation with Mrs Ford ?1830–1, exhibited 1831

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Artist
George Clint 1770–1854
Title
Falstaff’s Assignation with Mrs Ford
Date ?1830–1, exhibited 1831
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 768 x 641 mm
frame: 1000 x 877 x 147 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Robert Vernon 1847
Reference
N00377
Not on display

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This illustrates a scene from Shakespeare's comedy 'The Merry Wives of Windsor'. The fat knight Sir John Falstaff has fallen on hard times. So he sets out to woo Mistress Ford and Mistress Page, both of whom hold the purse strings in their households. He writes identical love letters to both women. Aware of Falstaff's intentions, the wives aim to tease him and then show him up as a fool. Clint shows Falstaff making his first approach to Mistress Ford whose co-conspirator, Mistress Page, exits to the left. Her announcement of Master Ford's imminent return is the signal for Falstaff to be hidden in a laundry basket and dumped in the Thames.

March 1993

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