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Jonathan Scott Hartley, born Albany, NY 1845-died New York City 1912
28 5/8 x 24 5/8 x 16 5/8 in. (72.7 x 62.5 x 42.2 cm)
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist
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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.