I'll have his picture in my study at the court." After his death, as Shakespeare's reputation grew, artists created portraits and narrative paintings depicting him, most of which were based on earlier images, but some of which were purely imaginative.He was also increasingly commemorated in Shakespeare memorial sculptures, initially in Britain, and later elsewhere around the world.
"Beckwith’s majestic portrait of William Merritt Chase is the first of a group of oil portraits of the artist’s creative friends and associates.
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Beckwith may have taken his cue from Carolus-Duran, who painted portraits of many artist and musician friends, including Edouard Manet, Claude Monet, Gustave Doré, Henri Fantin-Latour, Charles Gounod, and Beckwith himself.
Beckwith’s portrait brilliantly conveys Chase’s engaging personality, flamboyant taste, and growing success and affluence. Pisano has noted that by the early 1880s, Chase would attract “attention as he made his way down the avenues [of New York] elegantly dressed in spats and cutaway coat, with a scarf threaded through a bejeweled ring and a carnation in his buttonhole.” The Indianapolis Museum of Art’s portrait of Chase was painted in late 1881 and exhibited often during the next several years, including at the Paris Salon in 1882, the Boston Art Club and Munich Exposition in 1883, and the World’s Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition in New Orleans during 1884-85.
However, it is thought that portraits of him did circulate during his lifetime because of a reference to one in the anonymous play Return from Parnassus (c.