Hamlet tente de tuer le roi (Hamlet Attempts to Kill the King), Act III, scene 3, 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
A présent je puis le tuer facilement ... mais quoi! le surprendrais-je au milieu de ses prières, au moment où il purifie son âme! non, non, — Ô conscience plus noire que la mort! âme engluée dans le crime! je ne puis prier! ... mes paroles s'adressent là-haut, mes pensées demeurent, ici bas.

(Hamlet: Now might I do it pat, now he is praying; / ... and am I then revenged, / To take him in the purging of his soul, / ... No! ... / And that his soul may be as damn'd and black / As hell, whereto it goes...

King Claudius: My words fly up, my thoughts remain below...)
Ingres, Delacroix; Loys Delteil; 1969; 110
Subject period


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