Thomas Francis Dicksee: Jessica (1867)

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Thomas Francis Dicksee (1819-1895), Jessica, signed with monogram and dated 1867 (lower right), oil on canvas, framed as an oval, 14 x 12 in. (35.6 x 30.5 cm.), Source: Christie’s


Farewell, and if my fortune be not crossed,

I have a father, you a daughter, lost.

— Jessica, The Merchant of Venice

Who Is Jessica?

This painting shows Jessica, a character in Shakespeare’s play The Merchant of Venice, the daughter of a Jewish moneylender Shylock, who defies her father’s wishes and falls in love with a Christian, Lorenzo.  Christie’s


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Who Is Thomas Francis Dicksee?

Thomas Francis Dicksee was a portraitist and painter of historical, genre subjects. He exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1841 until the year of his death. His brother John Robert Dicksee was also a painter, and his children, Sir Francis Dicksee and Margaret likewise became painters.

Thomas Dicksee produced a series of portraits of family members, and also painted idealised portraits, including the Shakespearean characters Ophelia, Beatrice, Miranda and Ariel. He exhibited seven portraits of Shakespearean heroines at the Royal Academy.  Christie’s


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Jessica in The Merchant of Venice


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17 Comments Add yours

  1. simplywendi says:

    thank you so much for posting this. i love this play and it’s so cool to see a painting of a character that i had imagined in my head. the detail is over the top……..the sleeves are amazing.
    may this comment find you having a good day………..

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    1. lolol …I waited two days to answer…now I cans say YES, thanks, it is a good day! 😉 I hope you are well, Wendi. Can you even believe those sleeves!?? How did he make it so perfectly sheer with each individual golden sequin shining with a different reflection! Thanks so much for commenting! ❤️😊

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      1. simplywendi says:

        I am so thrilled to read that today is a good day! What a blessing those are.
        No, the sleeves just blow me away!
        Bless you!

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  2. A master portraitist, without a doubt!

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    1. In my very non-expert opinion, YES! lol. I particularly enjoy details of clothing and wow, he delivers. Thanks for visiting and commenting, Rosaliene. I always enjoy hearing your thoughts. ❤️😊

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  3. The detail in this is amazing.

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    1. That is my impression, too, Nico. He won me over with those individual golden sequins. Thanks for visiting! 😊

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    1. Good morning, Anna. Thanks for visiting. 🙂

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  4. I had to revisit this amazing portrait 🙂

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    1. Good morning, Rosaliene! Good to ‘see’ you. 🙂

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  5. dorahak says:

    Amazing! Dicksee has brought Jessica to life. Many parts of her tale are all too familiar to me. Thanks for sharing, Sunnyside. Have a good Advent Sunday tomorrow.

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    1. {{{Dora}}} …Such complex characters in this story. The Merchant of Venice has always seemed more of a tragedy than a comedy to me…On a happier note, Advent is here! May you and your family be blessed through this season of renewal. ❤️

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  6. stolzyblog says:

    Amazing realism. This guy was truly a technician. Thanks for revealing.

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    1. My pleasure! Thanks for visiting. 🙂

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