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Anne Page Inviting Slender to Dinner

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Anne Page Inviting Slender to Dinner 1836

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
This painting was Duncan’s first to be exhibited at the Royal Academy in London. He chose a scene from Shakespeare’s ‘Merry Wives of Windsor’ (1602), presumably to appeal to an English audience. Anne Page is an eligible bride whom Slender has been persuaded to court by his cousin Shallow, although Slender is not in fact particularly interested in marrying her. Here, Anne dutifully invites Slender to join their group and dine on venison pie, but the shy and uncouth Slender tries to evade the awkward invitation. Duncan has twisted Slender’s figure, capturing his awkwardness and lack of sophistication compared to the charming relaxed figure of Anne. Her loyal dog, ignoring the huge pie behind him, senses Slender’s indifference towards his mistress, and blocks his passage into the house.

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Royal Academy

An independent institution founded in 1768 with Sir Joshua Reynolds as its first president. It is governed by the Royal Academicians - leading painters, sculptors, printmakers and architects, which number no more than 80 at one time. It organises exhibitions at its London galleries, including an annual Summer Exhibition.

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  • Acc. No. NG 448
  • Medium Oil on panel
  • Size 134.30 x 103.80 cm (framed: 178.50 x 151.20 x 11.50 cm)
  • Credit Purchased by the Royal Scottish Academy 1861; transferred and presented to the National Gallery of Scotland 1910