Autolycus

Title

Autolycus

Subject

Oil painting by Charles Robert Leslie depicting Autolycus from Shakespeare's 'A Winter's Tale' (Act IV, Scene 4). Great Britain, 1836.

Description

Autolycus was a thief disguised as a pedlar who appears in Shakespeare's play A Winter's Tale. He is shown here selling cheap goods and sensational printed ballads to gullible country folk. Leslie based the background sky and the ash tree at the right on studies supplied by his friend, the landscape painter John Constable.

Source: http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O80881/autolycus-oil-painting-leslie-charles-robert/

Creator

Leslie, Charles Robert, 1794 - 1859

Publisher

Catalogue of British Oil Paintings 1820-1860, Ronald Parkinson, Victoria and Albert Museum, London: HMSO, 1990, pp. 164-65

Date

ca. 1836 (painted)

Rights

This is a faithful photographic reproduction of a two-dimensional, public domain work of art.

Original Format

Oil painting on canvas

Files

Leslie_-_Autolycus.jpg

Collection

Citation

Leslie, Charles Robert, 1794 - 1859 , “Autolycus,” Execution Ballads, accessed February 24, 2024, https://omeka.cloud.unimelb.edu.au/execution-ballads/items/show/1110.

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