The first is a black and red chalk drawing by Henry Bunbury (1750 –1811) titled ‘Falstaff at Justice Shallow’s Mustering his Recruits’ – a timely subject given the current productions of Henry IV at the RSC. Bunbury was one of the greatest satirical artists of his day and throughout his career he enjoyed the patronage of the Duke of York who appointed him his Equerry in 1787. Our new work is believed to have originated in the collection of the Duchess of York. We already have two watercolours by Bunbury in the collection and this new work makes an excellent addition.
The second work is an oil painting by Thomas Stothard (1755 –1834) titled ‘In the Forest of Arden’. It is oil on panel showing a scene from As You Like It. All suggestions as to which scene are gratefully received. Stothard was a member of the Royal Academy and produced many works on a Shakespearian theme, including some for John Boydell’s Shakespeare Gallery.
The paintings were purchased using funds raised at our auction of agricultural machinery and tools from the collection in 2013. We are currently considering the best way to display them for our visitors so look out for them on your next visit!