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Hamlet Attempts to Kill the King (Hamlet Tente de Tuer le Roi), from the Hamlet series

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Hamlet Attempts to Kill the King

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Hamlet Attempts to Kill the King (Hamlet Tente de Tuer le Roi), from the Hamlet series

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Eugène Delacroix
French, 1798–1863

Date

1843, printed 1843–1864

Medium

Black and white lithograph on wove paper

Accession #

73.43

Dimensions

10 3/8 × 7 1/8 inches

Location

Currently Not on View

Description

Hamlet pulls back from taking revenge on his uncle, reasoning that killing Claudius while he is praying would send the king’s soul straight to heaven instead of making him suffer in purgatory like Hamlet’s father.

Credit

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

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