, painted by Charles Picart, 1814 Robert Smirke (15 April 1753 â€“ 5 January 1845) was an English painter and illustrator, specialising in small paintings showing subjects taken from literature. He was a member of the Royal Academy.
Smirke's pictures were usually of small size and painted in monochrome, and so adapted for engraving. He designed illustrations for the Bible, The Picturesque Beauties of Shakespeare (1783), Johnson's Rasselas (1805), Gil Blas (1809), the Arabian Nights (1811), Adventures of Hunchback (1814), Don Quixote, (translated by his daughter, Mary Smirke, 1818), and various British poets, especially James Thomson. The Pedagogue, engraved by Joseph Goodyear for the Amulet of 1830, is typical. The Rivals was engraved by William Finden for the Keepsake of 1828; The Secret, by James Mitchell for the same annual in 1830; and The Love Letter was engraved by Alfred W. Warren for the Gem of 1830. Smirke painted also some pictures for John Boydell's Shakespeare Gallery and for Bowyer's History of England. These works included Katharine and Petruchio, Juliet and the Nurse, Prince Henry and Falstaff, and The Seven Ages. A large commemorative plate, with fifteen medallion portraits, of The Victory of the Nile was engraved by John Landseer from his design. In the Guildhall Art Gallery was a picture by him representing Conjugal Affection, or Industry and Prudence, and a series of scenes from Don Quixote.
File:Scene from Samuel Foote's Taste.jpgScene from Samuel Foote's play "Taste", second half of 18th century File:The Awakening of King Lear (Smirke, c. 1792).jpgThe Awakening of King Lear, c. 1792 File:Robert Smirke - The Two Sons of Tipu Sahib, Sultan of Mysore, Being Handed over as Hostages to General Cornwallis - Google Art Project.jpgThe Two Sons of Tipu Sahib, Sultan of Mysore, Being Handed over as Hostages to General Cornwallis, c. 1792 File:Falstaff rebuked (Smirke, c. 1795).jpgFalstaff rebuked, c. 1795 File:Robert Smirke - The Seven Ages of Man- The Lover, 'As You Like It,' II, vii - Google Art Project.jpgFrom the series The Seven Ages of Man, The Lover, from As You Like It, between 1798 and 1801 File:Lysander declaring his passion to Helena (Smirke, c. 1820-1825).jpgLysander declaring his passion to Helena, c. 1820â€“1825
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