Framed oil painting: Thomas Collins as Slender in ‘The Merry Wives of Windsor’ by William Shakespeare, Samuel De Wilde (1748-1832), oil on canvas 1802-03

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2010.2.13

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Framed oil painting: Thomas Collins as Slender in ‘The Merry Wives of Windsor’ by William Shakespeare, Samuel De Wilde (1748-1832), oil on canvas 1802-03

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Thomas Collins as Slender in ‘The Merry Wives of Windsor’
Samuel De Wilde (1748-1832)
Oil on canvas, 1802-03

Signed S De Wilde

Samuel De Wilde specialised in portraits of actors in role, often commissioned as illustrations by publishers of plays. From his studio in Covent Garden, De Wilde kept up a constant production line as actors came to pose for him.

The young comic actor Thomas Collins (1775-1806) trained as a musician in Bath, but followed his father into the theatre. He wears a brightly-coloured, fanciful evocation of the dress of Shakespeare’s day, based on early seventeenth-century paintings.

2010.2.28
The Somerset Maugham Collection, transferred from the National Theatre


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