A Council Chamber (The Night Brawl with Cassio and Rodrigo/disturbing of Othello and Desdemona from William Shakespeare's 'Othello', Act II, sc. iii)

John Opie, RA (St Agnes 1761 – London 1807)
National Trust Inventory Number 485088

Category Paintings
Date 1780 - 1807
Materials Oil on canvas
Measurements (27 ½ x 35 ½ in) 700 x 900 mm
Place of origin
Collection Petworth House and Park, West Sussex (Accredited Museum)
On show at Petworth House and Park, West Sussex, London and South East, National Trust

Summary description

Oil painting on canvas, A Council Chamber (The Night Brawl with Cassio and Rodrigo/disturbing of Othello and Desdemona from William Shakespeare's 'Othello', Act II, sc. iii) by John Opie, RA (St Agnes 1761 – London 1807). It depicts the moment when Desdemona enters, attended.

Previously called The Night Brawl with Cassio and Rodrigo disturbing of Othello and Desdemona - Othello is in the centre, in red cloak and with a drawn sword. Iago, Montano, Cassio and Roderigo can be seen to the left. At right, Desdemona and a woman, a torch-bearer and a soldier.

Provenance

In the collection of the 3rd Earl of Egremont (1751-1837) by 1835 thence by descent; on loan from the Egremont Private Collection

Marks and inscriptions

Verso: In bold white paint: 356; in white chalk on stretcher: 356

Makers and roles

John Opie, RA (St Agnes 1761 – London 1807), artist

References

Earland 1911 Ada Earland, John Opie and his Circle, 1911, p.337

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Materials Canvas (9981)
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Collection Petworth House and Park, West Sussex (Accredited Museum) (1861)
Periods 18th century (84840)
19th century (165061)
Maker John Opie, RA (St Agnes 1761 – London 1807) (37)
Subjects Literature (111)
Shakespeare (280)
Object Type Oil painting (10942)

Record Status

Enhanced

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