Henry Ospovat Sketch for Iago and Cassio, and Figure Studies c.1900

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Artwork details

Artist
Henry Ospovat 1877–1909
Title
Sketch for Iago and Cassio, and Figure Studies
Date c.1900
Medium Ink and chalk on paper
Dimensions Support: 190 x 238 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Mrs Wells 1927, accessioned 1977
Reference
T02246
Not on display

Catalogue entry

T02246 DRAWING OF SOLDIERS c.1900

Not inscribed.
Indian ink and soft chalk on paper, 7 5/8 × 9 3/8 (19.2 × 24)
Uncovered during remounting of Ospovat, No.4367, 1977

In the process of remounting ‘Jog on, Jog on, the Footpath Way’ (an illustration from The Winter's Tale), which was being treated in the Conservation Department, this drawing was discovered between two cardboard supports. It is a preliminary sketch for another engraved illustration, published in Shakespeare's Songs (John Lane, 1901), facing page 66. The illustration is to Iago's song in Act II, Scene III of Othello, and shows Iago and Cassio together. The text, printed on the next page, is as follows:

‘And let me the canakin clink, clink;
And let me the canakin clink;
A soldier's a man;
A life's but a span;
Why, then, let the soldier drink.’


Published in:
The Tate Gallery 1976-8: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1979

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