William Michael Harnett
To This Favour - A Thought from Shakespeare, 1879
Signed WMHarnett with conjoined initials and dated 1879 (ll)
Oil on canvas
24 x 20 inches
Private collection, Hartford, CT
Berry-Hill Galleries, New York
Private collection, New York
American Paintings, New York, Berry-Hill Galleries, 1981, p. 13, illus.
Barbara S. Groseclose, "Vanity and the Aritst: Some Still Life Paintings by William Michael Harnett," American Art Journal, Vol. 19, No. 1 (1987), pp. 53-54
Chad Mandeles, "Grave Counsel: Harnett and Vanitas," in William M. Harnett (New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1992), pp. 254-55, illus. fig. 117
The title of this work refers to Shakespeare's quotation from Hamlet (Act V, Scene I), inscribed on the paper at the lower center, "Now get you to my lady's chamber and tell her, let her paint an inch thick, to this favour she must come." Another version of this work , also dated 1879, is in the collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art.
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