Artist: Drawing was sold to the Folgers as the work of John Masey Wright, however there is no indication in style or evidence in signature or label that this attribution is correct
Item is glued to a board which bears label giving play, scene and quotation in inked letters (Maggs Bros. style), also labeled in pencil on verso of backing (backing to be removed by conservation lab). Surface of paint appears slightly abraded but this may have been the artist's conception. Item is not signed nor does the backing notation give the artist. Executed on J Whatmans paper, watermark can be seen of surface of picture, at right, running the length of the figure of Falstaff, date of the watermark cannot presently be discerned. Unsigned
Provenance: Purchased by the Folgers from Maggs Bros., Nov. 1927, case 1724. Purchased with another watercolor attributed to Wright, now cataloged as Anonymous, also a scene from Merry wives (ART Box S528m4 no. 7). This item was formerly cataloged as ART Box W951 no. 28, the work of John Masey Wright
Subject: Mistress Ford is pictured seated at a table in front of a window. She is facing slightly left and her face is turned to the viewer, her right hand is raised to her chin. Falstaff stands behind her, leaning over the back of her chair and looking down at her imploringly. The figure of Mistress Page can be seen watching through a doorway in the background. The quotation from Merry wives given on the label reads: Fal.: "I would thy husband were dead; I'll speak it before the best Lord, I would make thee my lady" Mrs. F: "I, your lady, Sir John! Alas, I should be a pitiful lady."
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