Landseer’s work depicts the moment in which Shakespeare’s Titania, drugged by a love potion, falls in love with Bottom. Not only is this one of the most-loved paintings in the NGV’s Collection, but Queen Victoria was also taken by the magical and mysterious work, and Lewis Carroll remarked at the majestic white rabbit, which no doubt influenced The White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland.
International Collection 19th–20th Century
Gallery 16B, Level 2, NGV International
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Scene from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Titania and Bottom, 1848-1851 | Edwin LANDSEER
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