Henry Ospovat Autolycus’s Song c.1900

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Artwork details

Artist
Henry Ospovat 1877–1909
Title
Autolycus’s Song
Date c.1900
Medium Ink and gouache on paper
Dimensions Support: 190 x 143 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Mrs Wells 1927
Reference
N04367
Not on display

Catalogue entry

N04367 JOG ON, JOG ON, THE FOOTPATH WAY c. 1900

Inscr. ‘HO’ in monogram b.r.
Pen and Chinese white on card, the surface scratched away in places, 7 1/2×5 5/8 (19×14·5).
Presented by Mrs Wells 1927.
Lit: Oliver Onions, The Work of Henry Ospovat, 1911, p.13, the engraving repr. pl.19.
Repr: Shakespeare's Songs, 1901, facing p.42 (the engraving).

Shakespeare's Sonnets and Shakespeare's Songs with illustrations by Ospovat were published by John Lane in 1899 and 1901 respectively. No.4367 is the preliminary drawing for one of the later set, others of which are dated 1900. It illustrates Autolycus's song in The Winter's Tale, the text of which is written on the back:

Jog on, jog on, the footpath way,
And merrily hent the stile-a;

A merry heart goes all the day,
Your sad tires in a mile-a.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II

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