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Mr. Quick as Vellum in Addison's Drummer

A work made of oil on canvas.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.




Samuel De Wilde
English, 1748-1832

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This painting belongs to a sequence of portraits by Samuel De Wilde depicting famous British actors performing their best-known roles. Designed to serve as the model for a print marketed to the general public, the painting is a significant artifact in the historical development of celebrity culture. The subject of the portrait, John Quick, was among the most acclaimed comic actors of his generation and is shown here in the role of Vellum from Joseph Addison’s 1716 play, The Drummer. With a ruddy complexion and wig humorously askew, Quick is shown in the act of performing, seated in a spare interior and glancing stage left, perhaps at another character about to enter.


On View, Gallery 217


Painting and Sculpture of Europe


Samuel De Wilde


Mr. Quick as Vellum in Addison's Drummer




Oil on canvas


36.8 × 27.9 cm (14 1/2 × 11 in.)

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Purchased with funds provided by Kay Krehbiel, Lisbeth Stiffel, Rosemarie and Dean L. Buntrock, Richard and Nancy Spain, and The David Horn Family

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