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Launce's Substitute for Proteus' Dog

Photo credit: Leicester Arts and Museums Service

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The reference is to 'The Two Gentlemen of Verona' Act IV, Scene 4, in which Launce is sent to deliver a dog to Silvia as a present from his master but the dog misbehaves, steals from her plate and is ordered out of the room. Afterwards Launce explains that Proteus' dog had been stolen and that he offered his own in its place. Here Silvia is seen with her father, the Duke, at the dining table and Launce is holding the dog.

New Walk Museum & Art Gallery

Leicester


Date

1849

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 56 x W 80.5 cm

Accession number

L.F9.1891.0.0

Acquisition method

purchased at Christie's, 1891

Work type

Painting


New Walk Museum & Art Gallery

53 New Walk, Leicester, Leicestershire LE1 7EA England

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