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Tavern Scene From William Shakespeare's Henry IV.
[1837] Signed & dated watercolour. Image approx. 20.5 x 28cm. In a recent frame, glazed.A printed label on the back of the frame notes: '"Tavern Scene from Henry IV" (Falstaff, Mistress Quickly & Pistol)...' This appears to be a very early example of the work of a teenage John Tenniel, aged just 16 or 17 in 1837. Encouraged by the artist John Martin, who was a family friend and mentor, Tenniel began exhibiting at the Society of British Artists as early as 1835.His works 'showed a predilection for watercolour and for scenes from Scott's Waverley Novels'. 1837 was the year of Tenniel's first known sale, a work on oil called The Stirrup Cup bought by Tyrone Power, the Irish actor. It was the same year in which Tenniel first exhibited at the Royal Academy's summer exhibition. Shakespeare, together with a love of early costume, 17th century romances and Italian opera, were sources of inspiration for some of Tenniel's early sketches, a few of which survive in two known Tenniel scrapbooks. He would emerge later as a great satirist of Shakespearean scenes. This watercolour depicts a scene at the Boar's Head Tavern. It is accomplished but, understandably for a young artist, without the refinement of a more experienced hand. (Frankie Morris: Artist of Wonderland: The Life, Political Cartoons, and Illustrations of Tenniel, 2005. PLEASE NOTE: For customers within the UK and the EU, this item is subject to VAT.
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