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The Murder of Polonius (Act III, Scene IV from Hamlet)

Le Meurtre de Polonius

1843
Eugène Delacroix (French, 1798–1863)


Catalogue Raisonné

Delteil 111 ii/iii

Dimensions

Sheet: 55 x 36 cm (21 5/8 x 14 3/16 in.) Image: 24.2 x 19.4 cm (9 1/2 x 7 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

2010.1322.9

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

"Qu'est-ce donc? . . . Un rat!"

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