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Hamlet, Act I, Scene IV
  • Robert Thew, artist
    1758–1802
    born: Patrington, England, United Kingdom
    Henry Fuseli
    1741–1825
    born: Zurich, Switzerland ; died: Putney Hill, England, United Kingdom ; active: England, United Kingdom
  • Hamlet, Act I, Scene IV, 1791
  • Boydell's Shakespeare Gallery
  • Where object was made: England, United Kingdom
  • engraving, stippling
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 445 x 597 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 17 1/2 x 23 1/2 in
    Mat Dimensions: 24 x 32 in
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 0000.1776
Description

An armored man wearing a helmet is pointing to the viewer’s right with a short weapon. Two men are struggling on the left side of the image. One is endeavoring to reach the armored man, while the other seems to be holding him back. The warrior is surrounded with a sort of hazy, soft light, making him appear otherworldly.