Artist: Houfe lists Buchel as a portrait painter who did some illustrations of theatrical events and posters. He exhibited portraits at the RA from 1898-1917. The Folger has several drawings of his done for magazine illustrations as well as some small oil paintings of Shakespearean scenes not dependent on theatrical productions
History: A photograph of the magazine reproduction of this drawing is found as an illustration to Winifred Isaaz's biography of Ben Greet. The book does not, however, give credit to the magazine, only to the collection from which it came. It is assumed from the note on the back of the item that this drawing was probably engraved or reproduced for publication in an issue of the Tatler (FSL doesn't possess the issue). Other issues of the Tatler contain illustrations by Buchel
Provenance: Item was purchased by the Folgers from Henry Sotheran in 1903
Subject: The Ben Greet Company or 'The Woodland Players' gave a series of open air performances in Regents Park, London, in June of 1901. This drawing was executed to illustrate a scene from one of these productions. Underneath the drawing, a pencil note gives the lines the characters were speaking in the scene illustrated: Falstaff: 'Why, now let me die, for I have lived long enough...' Mistress Ford: 'O sweet Sir John!'
Title taken from caption on photograph of magazine illustration. Character and actor identification given in pencil underneath the drawing. In pencil, on the back of the Folger copy are notes reading "Tatler Tuesday." Characters are pictured to right of center, Falstaff on the right, faced left with his arm around Mistress Ford. Signed "Chas A Buchel 1901."
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Extended title: [The merry wives of Windsor at Regent's Park, Mr. Greet as Falstaff and Miss Matthison as Mistress Ford] Chas. A. Buchel