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The Queen Tries to Console Hamlet (La Reine S’Efforce de Consoler Hamlet), from the Hamlet series

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The Queen tries to Console Hamlet

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The Queen Tries to Console Hamlet (La Reine S’Efforce de Consoler Hamlet), from the Hamlet series

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Eugène Delacroix
French, 1798–1863

Date

1834, printed 1843–1864

Medium

Black and white lithograph on wove paper

Accession #

73.37

Dimensions

9 15/16 × 7 13/16 inches

Location

Currently Not on View

Description

Delacroix sets the stage and introduces the main characters—Hamlet, Queen Gertrude, and King Claudius—with a succinct scene in the state room of the castle of Elsinore. Mourning his father’s death and distressed by his mother’s hasty remarriage, Hamlet rejects the queen’s urgings to give up his dark attire. His sideways glance indicates his growing suspicion of his uncle Claudius, the new king.

Credit

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

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