William Satchwell Leney (Engraver) Henry Fuseli (After)

Shakespeare: Second Part of King Henry the Fourth, Act II, Scene IV

Shakespeare: Second Part of King Henry the Fourth, Act II, Scene IV by William Satchwell Leney, Henry Fuseli

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Proving that love is indeed blind, when the fat rascal Falstaff dandles the beautiful but quarrelsome prostitute, Doll Tearsheet, on his knee after they have argued, she cries:

Ah, you sweet little rogue, you! alas, poor ape, how thou sweatest! come, let me wipe thy face; come on, you whoreson chops: ah, rogue! i' faith, I love thee: thou art as valorous as Hector of Troy, worth five of Agamemnon, and ten times better than the Nine Worthies…'

Doll's description paints Falstaff as both monster and hero, for familiarity draws attention away from his ugliness, while she stands for a perceived instability in the female sex that lurks beneath the surface of outward beauty. (Monsters and Maidens, 2004)

Title
Shakespeare: Second Part of King Henry the Fourth, Act II, Scene IV
Artist/creator
Production date
1795
Medium
mezzotint on wove paper
Dimensions
710 x 540 mm
Inscription
Painted by Henry Fuseli, R. A.. SHAKSPEARE. / Second Part of / King Henry the Fourth. / ACT II SCENE IV. / Doll Tearsheet, Falstaff, Henry & Poins. / Published March 25th 1795, by JOHN & JOSIAH BOYDELL at the Shakspeare Gallery, Pall Mall, & at No.90 Cheapside, LONDON.. Engraved by Wm. Leney.. £22 / + £3.30 / VAT.
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Peter Tomory, 2002
Accession no
2002/9/3
Copyright
No known copyright restrictions
Department
International Art
Display status
Not on display

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