WILLIAM HAMILTON R.A. | Queen Margaret and Suffolk, from Shakespeare's King Henry VI, Part II: Act 3, Scene 2
Estimate: 4,000 - 6,000 GBP
The Property of a Lady
WILLIAM HAMILTON R.A.
London 1751 - 1801
Queen Margaret and Suffolk, from Shakespeare's King Henry VI, Part II: Act 3, Scene 2
signed and dated lower right: Wm. Hamilton RA 1793
oil on canvas
78.8 x 56.2 cm.; 31 x 22⅛ in.
The canvas has an old relining, the paint surface is relatively clean and the varnish is slightly discoloured. Much of the impasto paintwork remains intact. There is some bitumenisation in the paint surface, visible in Suffolk's hair, his cloak in the centre, in Queen Margaret's robe, and in the soldier's leg on the right. These areas have been largely disguised with retouching. There is also some visible retouching to a damage in the left of Suffolk's neck. Inspection under ultraviolet light confirms these, and reveals tiny pin-prick retouchings in Queen Margaret's face, neck, bosom and skirt, scattered throughout the foreground, and in the upper right corner. In overall fair condition. Offered in a gesso gilt wood frame in good condition.
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This painting was engraved by I. Taylor Junior and published on 1 December 1795 by John Boydell at his Shakespeare Gallery on Pall Mall.