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Polonius and Hamlet (Polonius et Hamlet), from the Hamlet series

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Polonius and Hamlet

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Polonius and Hamlet (Polonius et Hamlet), from the Hamlet series

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Eugène Delacroix
French, 1798–1863


1834–1843, printed 1843–1864


Black and white lithograph on wove paper

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9 13/16 × 7 1/4 inches


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Discovered deep in contemplation of his situation and challenged by the meddlesome courtier Polonius, who believes the prince to be lovesick, Hamlet mocks the older man.

The caption quotes from the play, “What do you read, my lord? [. . .] Words, words, words.”


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

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