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Hamlet Has the Actors Play the Scene of His Father's Poisoning (Act III, Scene II from Hamlet)

Hamlet Fait Jouer Aux Comédiens la Scène de l'Empoisonnement de Son Père

1835
Eugène Delacroix (French, 1798–1863)


Catalogue Raisonné

Delteil 109 ii/iv

Dimensions

Sheet: 35.8 x 54.7 cm (14 1/8 x 21 9/16 in.) Image: 25 x 32.5 cm (9 13/16 x 12 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

2010.1322.7

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

"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."
"Lith. de Villain" in margin, lr.

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 (Naples, FL); 2010, 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