Oil on canvas
Verdun : Lovers' Vows
Height (canvas): 73.7cm
width (canvas): 55.9cm
height (frame): 91cm
width (frame): 73cm
"S De Wilde f / 1799" (dark brown paint b. l.)
Thomas Harris; Harris sale, Robins 12 July 1819 (60); Charles Mathews
1799 London, R. A. (81)
1833 London, Queen's Bazaar, Oxford Street, "Mr Mathews's Gallery of Theatrical Portraits" (78)
1997 London, Dulwich Picture Gallery, "Dramatic Art
Theatrical Paintings from the Garrick Club" (15)
Verdun is Baron Wildenheim's butler. His elaborate livery consists of black shoes with yellow bows, black stockings with clocks, buff trunk hose with black appliqué panels embroidered in silver, buff jerkin and coat with similar decorative panels, and a white collar. A red chair and drape are seen in the background.
Mrs Inchbald's play, adapted from Kotzebue's “Das Kind der Liebe”, was first performed at Covent Garden on 11 October 1798, with Munden as the original Verdun the Butler. It is the play which causes so much trouble at Mansfield Park in Jane Austen's novel.