James Sant Rosalind date not known

Artwork details

Artist
James Sant 1820–1916
Title
Rosalind
Date Date not known
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 791 x 664 mm
frame: 945 x 815 x 70 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Mrs S. Swinton 1976
Reference
T02059
Not on display

Catalogue entry

T02059 ROSALIND

Inscribed ‘JS.’ in monogram b.r.
Oil on canvas, 31 1/8 × 26 1/8 (79.2 × 66.2)
Presented by Mrs S. Swinton 1976
Prov: ...; bt. at auction in Glasgow c. 1947 by Mr S. Swinton.

The subject is Rosalind, the heroine of Shakespeare's As You Like It, although the episode depicted, of her carving on a tree-trunk, does not occur in the play. It is Orlando who in Act 3 scene 2 says:

‘O Rosalind! these trees shall be my books,
And in their barks my thoughts I'll character,
That every eye which in this forest looks
Shall see thy virtue witness'd everywhere.
Run, run, Orlando; carve on every tree,
The fair, the chaste, and unexpressive she.’


Sant painted at least two other Shakesperian heroines: Viola (‘She never told her love’, exh. BI 1853 (175) and Juliet (sold Christie's 3 May 1920 (111); probably exh. BI 1847 (185) as ‘She hangs upon the cheek of night’).

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

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