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Robert Bensley


Oil on canvas



Oakly : The Jealous Wife



Height: 36cm
Width: 27.2cm
height (frame): 46cm
width (frame): 37.5cm

Other materials

Relined on canvas 36.8x28.4


John Bell; Charles Mathews

Other number

Mathews 174
RW/CKA 432

Exhibition history

1833 London, Queen's Bazaar, Oxford Street, "Mr Mathews's Gallery of Theatrical Portraits" (174)

Engraving history

Philippe Audinet for Bell's British Library 27 October 1792, line 11.5x8.2, published Bell's "British Theatre" (1797), vol.20, with the quotation: "Lord this is the strangest Misapprehension! I am quite astonished." Ferguson pub. W. Jones, Dublin, n. d. Anon. For C. Cooke 2 April 1807, line 12.2x7.4

The scene is set in a room in Oakly's house, in Act II, scene 2. Oakly, standing full-length, wears black shoes with silver buckles, white stockings, black breeches, a crimson velvet jacket, a white waistcoat, and a high white stock with rosette. There is a marble "Adam" fireplace on the right.
The elder George Colman's comedy was first performed at Drury Lane on 12 February 1761, with Garrick as Oakly. Bensley's first performance in the role was at Drury Lane on 25 September 1788, and his last performance of it before De Wilde painted his picture was on 29 September 1789.
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