19th Century oil painting depicting a scene from Shakespeare ‘The Merry Wives of Windsor’

£ 1000

Beautifully painted, oil on canvas. Dated 1869 (lower left) with the title “The Merry Wives of Windsor” and initialed with an ‘N’ overlaying other initials, possibly an ‘R’ and one other initial? Additionally, the artist has transcribed to the verso of canvas….

THE MERRY
WIVES of WINDSOR
Act II Scene II
Shakespeare
Sir J.Falstaff
When Mistress Bridgett lost the hands of her fan,
I took’t upon my honour thou hadst it not.
Pistol….
Didst thou not share? Hadst
Thou not fifteen pence?
Sir John
Reason, you rogue, reason: think,st
Thou I’ll endanger my soul
Gratis ?

Un framed and as found, in untouched condition. 25cm x 30cm.

Ref: 23431