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Scene from A Midsummer Night's Dream. Titania and Bottom

oil on canvas
82.0 × 133.0 cm
Accession Number
International Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1932
© Public Domain
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Gallery location
19th Century European Paintings Gallery
Level 2, NGV International

Commissioned from the artist by Isambard Kingdom Brunel Esq. (1806–59), for his Shakespeare Room, London, 1850; his collection, until 1859; included in the Brunel estate sale, Christie's, London, 20 April 1860, no. 223; from where purchased by Lord Robert Pelham-Clinton (1820–67), North Nottinghamshire; his collection, 1860–67; collection of Adelbert Wellington Brownlow-Cust (1844–1921), 3rd Earl Brownlow, London, Belton, Lincolnshire and Ashridge House, Berkhamsted, by 1873– c. 1886; from whom acquired by Sir William Cuthbert Quilter (1841–1911), 1st Baronet, Bawdsey Manor, Suffolk, c. 1886; his collection, until 1909; included in the Cuthbert-Quilter sale, Christie's, London, 9 July 1909, no. 60; from where purchased by Henry (Heinz) Lowenfeld (d. 1931, Paris); Lowenfeld collection, London, 1909–31; offered for purchase by his widow Mrs Henry Lowenfeld, and from whom acquired, on the advice of Randall Davies, for the Felton Bequest, 1932.

Exhibited: Royal Academy, London, 1851, no. 157, lent by Brunel; The Works of the late Sir Edwin Landseer, R.A., Royal Academy Winter Exhibition, London, 1874, no. 236, lent by Earl Brownlow; Winter exhibition of British artists deceased since 1850, Royal Academy, London, 1901, no. 67, lent by Sir William Cuthbert Quilter; Franco-British Exhibition, Shepherd’s Bush (present-day White City), London, 1908, no. 88, lent by Sir William Cuthbert Quilter; Sir Edwin Landseer, Tate, London and Philadelphia, 1981–2, no 139; The First Fifty Years: 19th Century British Art from the Gallery Archives, NGV, Melbourne, 1992; Hidden Treasures, David Jones Gallery, Sydney, 1992; Victorian Fairy Painting, Royal Academy, London, touring to The University of Iowa and The Art Gallery of Ontario, 1997–98, no. 12.


Twice on reverse of loose lining canvas. Also impressed into centre cross brace BROWN/163/HIGH HOLBORN
Ink stencil and impressed stamp
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