Henry Irving as Mephistopheles and George Alexander as Faust, in 'Faust'
width (frame): 51.5cm
Grisaille Gouache on paper.
Acquired by the Works of Art Committee, March 2018, from Dominic Winters, Lot 511, from the collection of Robert Hardy, CBE.
Irving is depicted as Mephistopheles alongside George Alexander as Faust, in an adaptation by W.G. Wills of Goethe's play, 'Faust'. This picture depicts scene VI, set in the witch's kitchen, a family of monkeys are sat around the witch's cauldron. Mephistopheles has promised that the witch will make Faust a potion that will take 30 years off Faust's age so that he can more easily enjoy sensual pleasures. The play opened the 19th December 1885 at the Lyceum, and had its final show in 1902 in Bristol.