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Thomas Francis Dicksee (British, 1819-1895) Lily Langtry as Viola in 12th Night, 1866 oil on canvas signed and dated middle right and verso on inscription 21 3/8″ x 14 1/4″
Catalog Note: This portrait shows renowned socialite and celebrated actress Lily Langtry in the role of the protagonist Viola from William Shakespeare’s play, Twelfth Night, 1623.
Inscribed on paper verso, partially illegible: “I’ll do my best. To woo your lady: yet aside, a barful strife. Whoe’er I woo, myself would be his wife.” Twelfth Night, Act I, Scene I T.F. Dicksee