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.
About this work
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