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Hamlet, Act IV, Scene V
  • Francis Legat, artist
    1755–1809
    Benjamin West
    1738–1820
    born: Swarthmore, Province of Pennsylvania, Great Britain (present-day United States) ; died: London, England, United Kingdom
  • Hamlet, Act IV, Scene V, 1802
  • Boydell's Shakespeare Gallery
  • Where object was made: England, United Kingdom
  • engraving
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 437 x 588 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 17 3/16 x 23 1/8 in
    Mat Dimensions: 24 x 32 in
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 0000.1722
Description

A man and woman stand in front of a king and queen on their thrones. The woman appears to be fighting the man. He is attempting to grab her arm while raising his left hand in the air. The king is listening with an expression of distrust or dubiousness while the queen is resting her chin on her hand, seemingly bored. The court is in the background.