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Hamlet Makes Comedians Play the Scene of His Father’s Poisoning (Hamlet Fait Jouer aux Comediens la Scene de l’Empoisionnement de son Pere), from the Hamlet series

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Hamlet Makes Comedians Play the Scene of His Father's Poisoning

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Hamlet Makes Comedians Play the Scene of His Father’s Poisoning (Hamlet Fait Jouer aux Comediens la Scene de l’Empoisionnement de son Pere), from the Hamlet series

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Eugène Delacroix
French, 1798–1863

Date

1835, printed 1864

Medium

Black and white lithograph on wove paper

Accession #

73.42

Dimensions

9 7/8 × 12 11/16 inches

Location

Currently Not on View

Description

To prick his uncle’s conscience, Hamlet arranges for a troupe of traveling actors to perform a drama about fratricide. During the performance, he hints at the real meaning of the plot: “Tis a knavish piece of work: but what o’ that? your majesty and we that have free souls, it touches us not. [. . .] He poisons him i’ the garden for’s estate. [. . .] The story is extant, and writ in choice Italian.”

Credit

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

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