Hamlet fait jouer aux comédiens la scène de l'empoisonnement de son père (Hamlet has the Actors Play the Scene of his Father's Poisoning), Act III, scene 2, in Hamlet

Maker and role
Artist: Eugène Delacroix, French, 1798-1863

Object detail

Lithograph on chine-collé
sheet, 22 x 14in (55.9 x 35.6cm)
image, 11 x 8 1/2in (27.9 x 21.6cm)
Credit line
Gift of The Tobin Endowment
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Object type
Theatre production
Play by William Shakespeare, influenced by an English production in Paris in 1827, with Charles Kemble as Hamlet and Harriet Smithson as Ophelia.
Further information
C'est une intrigue scélérate, mais qu'importe? Votre Majesté et nous avons la conscience libre, cela ne nous touche en rien ... vous voyez : il l'empoisonne dans le jardin pour s'emparer de son / royaume ... l'histoire est réelle, écrite en bel italien.

("... 'tis a knavish piece of work: but what o' / that? your majesty and we that have free souls, it / touches us not ... He poisons him i' the garden for's estate... the story is extant, and writ in / choice Italian...")
Ingres, Delacroix; Loys Delteil; 1969; 109
Subject period


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