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This painting shows Puck, a character from Shakespeare's play 'A Midsummer Night’s Dream', who causes much mischief. He is shown here as an infant sitting on a toadstool, while fairy figures dance round him in the moonlight. This painting was the artist's first major success in a career that was cut tragically short. He became mentally ill in 1843, killing his father, after which he was confined for life.
oil on canvas (?)
H 52.9 x W 52.9 cm
PRSMG : 2011.88
purchased with the assistance of the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Art Fund, Mrs D. Wade Bequest through the Arts Council and Friends of the Harris Museum & Art Gallery