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Love's Labour's Lost, Act I, Scene 1
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Love's Labour's Lost, Act I, Scene 1

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Description In addition to the scenes of frontier life for which the artist is best known, Miller sketched many depictions of actors and theatrical subjects. This sketch is captioned with two lines from Shakespeare's "Love's Labour's Lost:" Wellcome the Sour Cup of prosperity.- Affliction may one day smile again. This identifies the scene as the final moments of Act I, Scene 1, in which constable Dull and the cynical courtier Berowne march the clownish Costard off stage.
  • Great Illustrations: Drawings and Books from the Walters' Collection. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2010.
Provenance Inherited by L. Vernon Miller, Baltimore [1]; inherited by Katherine B. Miller, Baltimore, 1965; given to Decatur Miller, Baltimore, 1982; given to Walters Art Museum, 1994. [1] passed directly from the artist down through his family.
Inscriptions [Label] Loves labor lost - Shakespeare; [Label] Costard - "Wellcome the sour cup of prosperity. - affliction may one day smile again."
Credit Gift of Decatur and Sally Miller, 1994

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mid 19th century
pencil, ink, and wash on paper
(Painting & Drawing)
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H: 4 9/16 x W: 6 1/4 in. (11.6 x 15.8 cm)
  • USA (Place of Origin)
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