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"As You Like It"

William Heath. Miss Walstein as Rosalind. Print, 1815

Mrs. H. Johnston as Rosalind in "As you like it". Handcolored etching, 1813

Rosalind has been a favorite role for actresses from Peg Woffington in the eighteenth century to Katherine Hepburn in our own. Audiences, especially in earlier centuries, enjoyed seeing women wear a man's doublet and hose, and actresses enjoyed Rosalind's liveliness and wit.


Rosalind, daughter and niece of dukes, disguises herself in boy's attire when she is a\banished from her uncle's court. Accompanied by her cousin, Celia, and the Foll, Touchstone, she travels to the Forest of Arden where she teacher her lover, Orlando, the art of wooing. There she is reuntied with her banished father, and all ends "as you like it" with a tripple wedding.


These two hand-colored inexpensive prints of Mrs. Johnston and Miss Walstein as Rosalind were made for a popular audience in the early nineteenth century.




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Mrs. Nannette Parker Johnston (b. 1782) was herself an "unruly" woman. After fifteen years of marriage to her husband and fellow actor Henry Harris Johnston and after giving birth to six children, she struck out on her own in 1811, went through affairs with three other men (always climbing the social ladder), and retired from the stage around 1816.

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