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Title The Dispute between Hotspur, Glendower, Mortimer, and Worcester about the Division of England
Collection Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Artist Fuseli, Henry (Swiss painter, 1747-1825, active in England)
Date 1784
Description

The painting is said to show John Kemble (1757-1823) as both Hotspur and Glendower in the scene from Shakespeare's Henry IV, part 1 (act 3, scene 1). In a letter of 1784, Fuseli wrote, 'It was meant to express the clashing of Hotspur's and Glendower's temper about turning Trent and the conciliatory exertions of Mortimer and Worcester'.

Shakespearian subjects and the London theatre were a frequent source of inspiration for Fuseli, whose admiration for Michelangelo coupled with a Germanic and gothic imagination anticipated the Romantic Movement at the end of the century.

Current Accession Number 1947P6
Former Accession Number P.647
Subject history (Hotspur, Mortimer, Glendower; Shakespeare Henry IV ); theatre
Measurements 211.0 x 180 cm.0 cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Given by Sir Alec Martin and Lady Ada Mary Martin through the National Art-Collections Fund 1947.
Provenance Daniel Daulby sale, Vernon, Liverpool, 27 August 1798, lot 78, as Owen Glendower, Hotspur, and Mortimer dividing the kingdom; Joshua Lace; Ambrose Lace, 1857; Col. H. R. Sandbach 1876; Col. H. R. Sandbach sale, 1933. bought by Mrs Milton.
Principal Exhibitions First Exhibition for Society for Painting and Design, Liverpool, 1784, cat. no. 23; Art Treasures, Manchester Art Gallery, 1857, cat. no. 102; Painters and the Theatre, Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery, 1949, cat. no. 45; Fuseli, Arts Council, London, 1950, cat. no. 7; 150th Anniversary of Liverpool Academy of Arts, Walker Art Gallery, 1960, cat. no. 3; Johann Hienrich Fussli, Kunsthaus, Zurich, 1969, cat. no. 10; Pittura Inglese 1660-1840, Palazzo Reale, Milan, 1975, cat. no. 92; Fuseli and Shakespeare, Fondazione Magnani Rocca, 1997, cat. no. 14; Shakespeare in Art, Palazzo dei Diamanti, Ferrara, 2003, cat. no. 13; Fuseli to Frankenstein, Kunsthaus, Zurich, 2006 (touring).
Publications Antal, F., Fuseli Studies, 1956, p. 100; MacAndrew, H., 'Henry Fuseli', :Liverpool Bulletin, vol. 8, 1959; Catalogue of the Paintings at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, 1930; Catalogue of the Paintings at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, 1960; Foreign Paintings in Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, A Summary Catalogue, 1983.
Notes Engraved by Rhodes in 1803 for George Stevens' Shakespeare, published in 1805 by Rivington. Another version of this painting by Fuseli was comissioned by Josiah Boydell for his Shakespeare Gallery.

Details of previous owners: Colonel Sandbach, Hafoduonos, Llangerniew, Denbighshire; Mrs N. Milton, 68 Kingsate Street, Winchester.

Rights Owner Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Author Dr Patricia Smyth

 

 

 

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