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Augustus Leopold Egg
The Dinner Scene from The Taming of the Shrew

1860

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This work, Egg’s final painting before he died in 1863, illustrates Act IV, scene I of Shakespeare’s comedy The Taming of the Shrew. It concerns the wooing, wedding and taming of Katherine - the “shrew.” In this scene Petruchio flies into a rage and suddenly hurls food and dishes across the stage: Petruchio: “Come, Kate, sit down; I know you have a stomach. Will you give thanks, sweet Kate; or else shall I? What’s this? Mutton?” First Servant: “Ay.”Petruchio: “Who brought it?”First Servant: “I.” Petruchio: “’T is burnt; and so is all the meat: What dogs are these! - where is the rascal cook? How durst you, villains, bring it from the dresser, And serve it thus to me that love it not? There, take it to you, trenchers, cups and all: You heedless joltheads, and unmanner’d slaves!” By ruses such as this and others - lessons in obedience - Petruchio reduces Katherine to a hungry, ill-clad and frightened shrew, yet one who ultimately becomes a warm, loving and kind helpmate. In this painting the horizontal canvas is designed to resemble a theater set in which the curtained arched doorways provide not only a backdrop but also a strategic entry and exit for the cast. Although he painted on a small canvas (a larger version of this painting presently is unlocated) Egg has obtained the drama and impact which usually can be found on a larger-scale. Here can be seen Egg’s thorough academic training in the treatment of figures and fabrics, yet the painting is typical of the Pre-Raphaelite aesthetic in its detail and coloration.

Details

  • Artist
    Augustus Leopold Egg (1816 - 1863, English)
  • Creation Year
    1860
  • Medium
  • Dimensions
    H 21.75 in. x W 33 in.H 55.25 cm x W 83.82 cm
  • Gallery Location
    New Orleans, LA
  • Reference Number
    LU56711928133
  • More Editions & Sizes
    Price: $50,000
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