Ryder, Thomas (1746-1810; English), after Durno, James (c.1745-95; English)
Scene from The Merry Wives of Windsor 1801
Acquired by 1868
National Gallery of Victoria (p.179.6-1)

The inscriptions identify the scene (Act IV, scene II, showing Falstaff in women’s clothes), the artists, the date and the publishers, “J. & J.Boydell, at the Shakspeare Gallery, Pall Mall.”

This engraving was apparently based on one of two paintings produced for Boydell’s Shakespeare Gallery by Durno (known mainly as a historical painter).


Not listed in NGV 1894 or 1905 

Listed in the NGV’s online catalogue as by unknown artists (with reproduction)

For Ryder, see Bénézit 12, pp.186-87 and https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Ryder,_Thomas_(1746-1810)_(DNB00) (Dict.Nat.Biog.entry). For Durno, see Bénézit 4, p.1423; AKL31 (2002), pp.212-13; and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Durno