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Jane Powell


Oil on canvas



Young Norval : Douglas; or The Noble Shepherd



Height: 76cm
Width: 55.5cm
height (frame): 85cm
width (frame): 63cm


Charles Mathews

Other number

Mathews 18
RW/CKA 117

Exhibition history

1833 London, Queen's Bazaar, Oxford Street, "Mr Mathews's Gallery of Theatrical Portraits" (18)

Like Henry Erskine Johnston in G0332, Mrs Powell is shown at the climax of the play in Act V, staggering onto the stage "with a sword in each hand." Young Norval dies in front of his mother after being mortally wounded by Lord Randolph. Mrs Powell wears brown boots, white stockings, a tight-fitting red suit with horizontal green stripes and blue facings, a blue sash, and a plain dark green stock.
Mrs Powell played Young Norval for her benefit at Drury Lane on 2 May 1795 and on several subsequent occasions.
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