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Henry Woodward


Oil on canvas



Petruchio : Catherine and Petruchio





Height: 125cm
Width: 100.5cm
height (frame): 147cm
width (frame): 121cm

Other materials

(lining canvas 127x103)


"B. VanderGucht / pxt. 1775" (dark brown paint b. l.)


Thomas Harris; Harris sale, Robins 12 July 1819 (47); Charles Mathews

Other number

Mathews 106

Exhibition history

1833 London, Queen's Bazaar, Oxford Street, "Mr Mathews's Gallery of Theatrical Portraits" (106) 1975 London, Hayward Gallery, "The Georgian Playhouse" (35) 2002, Holburne Museum Bath, 'Pickpocketing the Rich'

Related works

[Original Yale Center for British Art, oil on canvas 124.5 x 99 exh: R. A. 1774 (305), prov: given by the artist to London Lock Hospital, where it hung until the beginning of the 20th century; Phillips 22 January 1973 (51); Agnew 1973; then acquired by Paul Mellon engr: John Raphael Smith pub. J. R. Smith 1774, mezzotint 34.6 x 26.7 [see P0152 and PM0379]; Anon. for Bell's “Shakespeare” 3 January 1776, line 14.95 x 9.2 (f. l.) [see PM0379]; S. Freeman for “The Cabinet” pub. Matthews and Leigh 1 August 1807, stipple and line 9 x 7 (bust only)

Engraving history

For prints after this painting see P0152, PM0379 and PM0380


Fitzgerald p. 175; Griffiths p. 321

Petruchio, standing three-quarter length, with his left hand on his hip, wears a yellow hat and breeches, a pink doublet with long sleeves, lace cuffs with pearl buttons, a lace collar, and a pink and yellow cloak.
Garrick's farce, a three-act adaptation of “The Taming of the Shrew”, was originally performed at Drury Lane on 21 January 1756, with Woodward as Petruchio and Kitty Clive as Catherine. At the first performance Mrs Clive tumbled over, and accused Woodward of pushing her. Woodward's last performances as Petruchio before the original version of Vandergucht's picture was exhibited were at Covent Garden on 16 and 27 November 1773.
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