This is one of two Boydell Shakespeare Gallery paintings recently added to the Folger collection.
Painted by Richard Westall, it depicts Imogen, the heroine of Shakespeare's play Cymbeline, entering a cave—a seemingly straightforward description. At one time, however, the painting's association with Shakespeare was forgotten, and the figure was misidentified as a young man.
In 2012, an art collector in New York purchased the painting at auction under the vague title Allegorical Scene of a Youth with a Sword Near a Cave. Fortunately, it was still attributed to Westall. By researching the artist, the collector discovered that it came from the Boydell Shakespeare Gallery and contacted the Folger. The Folger acquired it in 2012 under its Boydell title, Imogen Entering the Cave of Belarius.