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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.

Date:

1792

Artist:

Samuel De Wilde
English, 1748-1832

About this artwork

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.

Status

On View, Gallery 217

Department

Painting and Sculpture of Europe

Artist

Samuel De Wilde

Title

Mr. Quick as Vellum in Addison's Drummer

Date

1792

Medium

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

36.8 × 27.9 cm (14 1/2 × 11 in.)

Credit Line

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

Reference Number

2020.59

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