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The Ghost on the Terrace (Le Fantôme sur la Terrasse), from the Hamlet series

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The Ghost on the Terrace

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The Ghost on the Terrace (Le Fantôme sur la Terrasse), 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 #

73.39

Dimensions

10 1/8 × 7 9/16 inches

Location

Currently Not on View

Description

Hamlet’s father’s spirit reveals that he was murdered by his brother, Claudius, and explains that, because he died unshriven, he must suffer in purgatory until all his earthly sins are purged. Hamlet reacts with shock, incredulity, and hesitancy to the ghost’s demand that he avenge his father’s “foul and most unnatural murder.”

The caption quotes from the play, “I am thy father’s spirit. [. . .] Revenge his foul and most unnatural murder.”

Credit

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

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