Based on a scene from Shakespeare's 'As You Like It'. The painting depicts the mock marriage between the characters Rosalind and Orlando. Deverell's brother, Spencer, was the model for the character of Orlando. His sister, Margaret, posed for the character of Rosalind. After Deverell's death, his close friend Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882), retouched the painting; 'to get rid of what I thought unpleasant in Celia's face.'

  • Presented by James Richardson Holliday, 1912.
  • © Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery


Association Artist Organisation
Artist Walter Howell Deverell -
Artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti -


Type Position(s) Method Date(s) Notes
Signature bottom left Painted - Red paint


Catalogue No. Venue Date(s)
1244 Royal Academy, London 1853 - -
The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood
21 Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery 1947 - -
- Delaware Art Museum 1990-09 - 1991-02
Shakespeare in Western Art
no. 63; p.127 Isetan Museum of Art, Tokyo and tour 1992-10-29 - 1993-03-28


Author(s) Date(s) Publisher Pages
Visions of Love and Life - Pre-Raphaelite Art from the Birmingham Collection, England
Stephen Wildman 1995 Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery p.122
Shakespeare in Art
- Arts Council p.27
Shakespeare in Art - A Visual Approach to the Plays
1961 Notttingham University Art Gallery p. 70

Associated people

Name Type
Spencer Howell Deverell Artist's model
Margaretta Howell Deverell Artist's model
William Shakespeare Author

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