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Title Othello
Collection Huddersfield Art Gallery
Artist Richter, Edouard Frederic Wilhelm (French artist, 1844-1913)
Date Earliest about 1880
Date Latest 1881
Description This painting is by the French orientalist painter, Edouard Frederic Wilhelm Richter (1844-1913), who exhibited in Munich and at the Paris Salon, where this work was shown in 1881. The exotic nature of Shakespeare's Othello made it a suitable subject. The painting shows the events actually occurring, rather than in a stage setting. In a rich palace interior, Othello addresses the duke and senate, justifying his marriage to Desdemona, whilst Desdemona herself appeals to her father, Brabanzio, who grabs the table emphasising his upset and confusion. Onlookers to left and right re-invest the scene with a notion of theatricality.
Current Accession Number KLMUS:702:1983
Former Accession Number 1919.1534
Inscription front lr 'F. Richter'
Subject literature (Shakespeare, Othello, V. 2)
Measurements 74.4 x 89.9 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Transferred from Bagshaw Museum & Art Gallery, Borough of Batle, 1974.
Provenance Given by M. Jessop, to Wilton Park Museum, later Bagshaw Museum & Art Gallery, Borough of Batley, 10 Sept 1919.
Principal Exhibitions Salon, Paris, 1881, cat. no. 2005.
Publications Janson, H. W. (ed.), Paris Salon de 1881, New York, 1977, no. 2005, p. 18.
Notes Reverse completely covered by modern board backing. Note in card catalogue, artist 'could be Friedrich Richter b. 1801'. The signature is similar to that on L'Offrande by Edouard Frederic Wilhelm Richter, sold Sotheby's New York, 23 Oct 1997, lot 55; and on The Flower Seller sold Sotheby's, New York, 26 May 1994, lot 82, signed 'F. Richter'. It is close in feel and subject to his painting of Salome shown in the 1881 Salon, and At the Fortune teller's, exhibited at the Salon in 1875. Listed in the Bagshaw accession register as '1919.1534 Picture. ; Othello'. The Salon exhibition record confirms this attribution.
Rights Owner Kirklees Metropolitan Council
Author Dr Phillippa Plock



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