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Hamlet and the Corpse of Polonius (Hamlet et le Cadavre de Polonius), from the Hamlet series

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Hamlet and the Corpse of Polonius

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Hamlet and the Corpse of Polonius (Hamlet et le Cadavre de Polonius), from the Hamlet series

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Eugène Delacroix
French, 1798–1863

Date

1835, printed 1843–1864

Medium

Black and white lithograph on wove paper

Accession #

73.46

Dimensions

10 1/16 × 7 inches

Location

Currently Not on View

Description

Hamlet realizes he has killed the hapless Polonius rather than the king. Contemplating the corpse, he sums up the situation carelessly with the words, “Indeed, this counsellor is now most still, most secret, and most grave, who was in life a foolish prating knave.”

Credit

Purchase in honor of Mrs. Robert Wells, President 1972-1973 of the Members Guild

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