Othello recounting his adventures to Desdemona and Brabantio

Gavin Claxton

Othello recounting his adventures to Desdemona and Brabantio


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‘Othello recounting his adventures to Desdemona and Brabantio’ by Robert Alexander Hillingford (1828-1904).

The painting – which depicts Shakespeare’s Venetian general, his lover Desdemona, and her senator father – is signed by the artist and hangs in a newly commissioned bespoke gold metal leaf frame.

Robert Alexander Hillingford was a highly successful Victorian painter of historical and literary scenes who became most famous for his portrayals of the Napoleonic Wars and the plays of Shakespeare. Amongst his patrons Robert Hillingford counted many of the most famous art collectors of the 19th century including Thomas Baring of the famous banking dynasty, the King of Württemberg, Prince Michel Kotchoubey, and many of the newly monied industrialists of Manchester and Halifax. Between 1864 and 1902 Hillingford exhibited at the Royal Academy, the British Institution, and the Royal Society of British Artists in London.

‘The Hillingford Chronicles’, a detailed account of the life and work of the artist, can be found at the News & Articles section of the Academy Fine Paintings website.

Academy Fine Paintings only offers artwork for sale in the finest condition it can be for its age, having been professionally cleaned, conserved, and re-varnished. Clients should also note that tracked and signed for international shipping is complimentary.

Dimensions: (framed) 71cm x 96cm (28” x 37½”)

Dimensions: (canvas only) 51cm x 76cm (20” x 30”)

Medium: Oil on canvas.

Provenance: Private UK collection.

Presentation: Newly commissioned bespoke gold metal leaf frame. All of the new frames we commission are especially made for us to order by one of the UK’s leading period frame makers.

Condition: Very good. Newly professionally cleaned, restored, and re-varnished. Ready to hang.



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