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John Gilbert As Sir Peter Teazle

John Gilbert As Sir Peter Teazle
Artist
Jonathan Scott Hartley, born Albany, NY 1845-died New York City 1912
Sitter
John Gilbert
Date
modeled 1889
Type
Sculpture
Medium
painted plaster
Dimensions
28 5/8 x 24 5/8 x 16 5/8 in. (72.7 x 62.5 x 42.2 cm)
Credit Line
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist
Restrictions & Rights
CC0
Object number
XX49
Luce Center Label
Jonathan Scott Hartley shows John Gilbert in the role of Sir Peter Teazle from Richard Sheridan’s popular play The School for Scandal (1777). Even as a young man, Gilbert was known for his humorous portrayals of old men and he was recognized in America for keeping alive the traditions of English comedy. During his long career, he performed in Boston, New York, and London and was the acting manager at Wallack’s Theater in New York.
Data Source
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Department
Painting and Sculpture