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An episode in The merry wives of Windsor: Sir John Falstaff is invited to a tryst in Windsor Forest at night, dressed in bizarre clothing: he is attacked by children dressed as fairies and by the merry wives. Stipple engraving by I. Taylor, 1795, after R. Smirke.

Smirke, Robert, 1752-1845.
Date
[1795]
Reference
3162264i
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Description

Falstaff is dressed as Herne the Hunter, the ghost of a former Windsor Forest ranger. A man standing by a tree holding a torch and wearing the mask of a satyr may be Sir Hugh Evans, a character in the play. On the right a man and a woman steal away in the darkness: they may be Fenton and Anne Page, who get married

Publication/Creation

[London], [1795]

Physical description

1 print : etching ; platemark 49.2 x 62.4 cm

Edition

[State before letters].

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 3162264i

Type/Technique

Languages

  • English



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