About this artwork

Oberon and Titania stand reunited and are about to resolve the magically induced confusion between the two human lovers shown sleeping apart. Paton painted this as a sequel to his diploma picture of the fairy rulers' quarrel (in the Royal Scottish Academy collection) and again based it on the parallel episode in Shakespeare's play 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'. This painting of the reconciliation won a prize in the competition for the decoration of the new Houses of Parliament in 1847. It could be interpreted as an allegory of harmonious government. In 1849 Paton painted a second version of ‘The Quarrel of Oberon and Titania’ which is in the Scottish National Gallery collection (NG 293).

  • title: The Reconciliation of Oberon and Titania
  • accession number: NG 294
  • artist: Sir Joseph Noel PatonScottish (1821 - 1901)
  • depicted: Oberon
  • gallery: Scottish National Gallery(On Display)
  • object type: Painting
  • subject: Shakespeare Woodland
  • materials: Oil on canvas
  • date created: 1847
  • measurements: 76.20 x 122.60 cm (framed: 108.40 x 155.00 x 8.50 cm)
  • credit line: Purchased by the Royal Scottish Academy 1848; transferred and presented to the National Gallery of Scotland 1910
  • photographer: Antonia Reeve

Sir Joseph Noel Paton

Sir Joseph Noel Paton

Paton was a highly successful artist who specialised in painting detailed compositions illustrating biblical episodes and imaginative stories based on romantic myths and legends. His interest in achieving convincing naturalistic detail was inspired by his friend John Everett Millais, the Pre-Raphaelite painter, whom he met while both were students at the Royal Academy Schools in London. Paton born in Dunfermline, returned to Scotland and was appointed 'the Queen's Limner in Scotland' in 1866. His most famous paintings are of fairy subjects which enjoyed great popularity during Victoria's reign.

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