Shakspeare. As You Like It Act II, Scene VII, The Seven Ages. Seventh Age.
Pub. June 4. 1801, by J. & J. Boydell, at the Shakspeare Gallery Pall Mall; & at No. 90, Cheapside, London.
Stipple, final state, 455 x 545mm. 18 x 21½". Trace of crease through image.
An old man dozes in a chair by the hearth on the right, a woman sitting on the left, resting her head against the back of her chair and watching a little boy, who sits on the floor in front of her, dismayed as his house of cards collapses. Paintings on the walls behind: a view of ruins, the Last Day, a jester enthroned and blowing bubbles, sages either side and cherubs playing with the bubbles. Two lines of quotations either side of title. After Robert Smirke (1752 - 1845) for a series of scenes from Shakespeare plays after paintings in Boydell's 'Shakespeare Gallery', which opened in 1789 in Pall Mall.
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