He was captured by Algerian pirates and sold as a slave along with his brother and returned to Spain after three grueling years, when their ransom was finally paid. His aim in writing Don Quixote was, according to his own notes, to describe the manners and mores of the time and to tell the story in a clear and simple way. The character of the tragicomic Knight was apparently based on one of Cervantes' own uncles who lived in the times of troubadours and knights errant. The plot revolves round the elderly gentleman, Don Quixote who is fascinated by the ideas of chivalry and noble deeds he has read about in old books.
The Don who traverses the land riding a decrepit old horse Rocinante, proceeds to fall into a series of misadventures, but still keeps his lofty ideals intact! The more practical and earthy Sancho tries to bring his master down to earth, but to no avail.
His master falls irrevocably and grandly in love with a peasant woman Dulcinea whom he imagines to be a damsel in distress. A series of zany incidents follow, with the Don slipping more and more into his imagined reality.
Regarded as the first prototype of the modern novel in Europe, Don Quixote is full of satire, humor, irony and wit. The character of the Man from La Mancha is both endearing and exasperating, while being one of the truly memorable figures in literature. The book appeals to young and old readers alike and is definitely a must read for its literary and humorous qualities.
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The donkey is shown on its own by the tree on the right while the standing figure forms part of the group of five figures on the left; the other four figures are generally similar to those in the oil but differently placed.
The Pierpont Morgan Library drawing repr. It was at this point that Vanderbank seems to have painted another small oil picture of the subject repr. Hammelmann , p. The hut is now shown with a gable end and again there is no tree on the right; the extreme left-hand figure is an old man instead of the young plump-faced youth wearing a hat of the engraving and earlier drawings. The composition of the oil is more compressed than in the drawing but both differ from the other oil, and the engraving and Morgan Library drawing, in that there are both a tree and a standing figure with a staff on the right, and also in the form of the hut, which now has a broad eave sloping down towards Don Quixote.
Like the other oil, but not the engraving, the extreme left-hand figure is an old man. At least thirty-three companions to the Tate Gallery's panel are known. When sold in the other version of T was framed together with seven scenes related to the engraved plates 15, 19, 27, 38, 39, 57, 65 and one other unidentified scene; another frame contained nine further scenes plates 4, 9, 11, 37, 46, 47, 64, 67, 68 , and the lot was completed by a further scene framed on its own.
When the same group of works was sold in they were described as sixteen panels and three canvases ; from photographs it is possible to identify one of the canvases as being related to plate 64 but not the other two. Some of the pictures were signed and dated , and or At present this group is only known from photographs taken in Fourteen more scenes were sold at Sotheby's on 15 March , bought Marshall Spink.
Twelve are on panel and relate to plates 3, 12, 21, 23, 33, 35, 44, 45, 51, 53, 58, 63, while two on canvas relate to plates 42 and Two examples are dated and one , and eight were reproduced in the Illustrated London News , 28 October , pp. All came from the collection of the nineteenth-century bookseller James Toovey. Another set of four panels was sold at Christie's 19 July lot 91A, repr. In addition to these three groups a variant of the second Huntingdon Library Picture, also on panel, was sold at Christie's on 14 June , bought Gooden and Fox.
Earlier sales include six unidentified panels sold at Christie's 29 June 11 , bought W. Sabin and Sons.
These were probably the thirteen Don Quixote scenes, undescribed, sold at Christie's 3 June 8 , bought Renton; they were also from the Toovey collection, which may also be the source of the Tate Gallery picture. What prompted the oil paintings is not certain.
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They are not direct replicas of the drawings or engravings, nor do they form a necessary link in the evolution leading from the smaller, sketchier drawings through the more finished drawings to the engravings. The length of time taken over the venture, from the first dated drawing of to the publication of the engravings fifteen years later, may have led the impecunious artist to exploit his material in independent pictures, perhaps for a decorative scheme; besides the two large canvases sold in the known pictures fall into two main groups, one being of the same upright format as T , the other of the same height but nearer square.
Vertue's note, given above, suggests that he may have given them to his landlord in lieu of rent. Inspired by a handful of acorns Don Quixote addresses them on the Golden Age and the necessity of knight-errantry in a period of decline; meanwhile Sancho Panza concentrates on food and wine. The compiler is indebted to the late Hanns Hammelmann for help on this entry. Main menu additional Become a Member Shop.
Twitter Facebook Email Pinterest Share this page. Not on display. Artist John Vanderbank — Medium Oil paint on oak. Dimensions Support: x mm frame: x x 77 mm. Collection Tate.
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