The Shepherd's Cot, The Winter's Tale, Act IV scene 3
William Hamilton RA (1751-1801), 1787
Oil on canvas
Presented by Dr T S R Boase, MC, DCL, FBA, 1968
This is one of 23 paintings that the artist donated to the Boydell Shakespeare Gallery. On display were 200 paintings inspired by Shakespeare's works, especially commissioned by John Boydell (1719-1804). A wealthy publisher, Boydell planned to revive English art by creating a new style whilst paying homage to Shakespeare.
Although it was a brief success the collection eventually almost bankrupted Boydell. A lottery to win the gallery revived his fortunes but the winner auctioned the artworks.