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Hamlet and the Corpse of Polonius (Act III, Scene IV from Hamlet)

Hamlet et le Cadavre de Polonius

1835
Eugène Delacroix (French, 1798–1863)


Catalogue Raisonné

Delteil 113, an undescribed state

Dimensions

Image: 25.5 x 18.1 cm (10 1/16 x 7 1/8 in.) Sheet: 55 x 35.7 cm (21 5/8 x 14 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

2010.1322.11

Medium or Technique

Lithograph

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Portfolios

One of a complete set of thirteen lithographs for “Hamlet, Treize Sujets Dessinés par Eug. Delacroix” with the original printed wrappers.


One of a complete set of thirteen lithographs for “Hamlet, Treize Sujets Dessinés par Eug. Delacroix” with the original printed wrappers.
Hamlet. Treize Sujets Dessinés par Eug, Delacroix. Paris: Gihaut frères, 1843. The first edition was published by Delacroix in 1843 and comprised thirteen lithographs. A later edition, published in 1864, added three additional lithographs: Delteil 107, Hamlet and Ophelia [2010.1322.5]; Delteil114, Ophelia’s Song; and Delteil 117, Hamlet and Laertes in Ophelia’s Grave [2010.1322.14].
This edition consisted of 80 sets, 60 on white wove paper, as here, and 20 on chine. The printed wrapper of the set is extremely rare.

Inscription

"Vraiment ce conseiller est maintenant bien silencieux, bien discret, bien grave, lui qui dans sa vie, était le drôle le plus bavard du monde."

Signed

Signed and dated in the stone lr "Eug. Delacroix 1835."

Provenance

Between the 1950s and 1980s, acquired by Samuel Josefowitz, Lausanne, Switzerland and Whitchurch, England; March 19, 2004, sold by Josefowitz to Eijk and Rose-Marie van Otterloo, Marblehead, MA and Naples, FL; 2010, year-end gift of Eijk and Rose-Marie van Otterloo to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 26, 2011)

Credit Line

Gift of Eijk and Rose-Marie van Otterloo