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James Northcote, 1746–1831
Master Betty as Hamlet, before a Bust of Shakespeare
between 1804 and 1806
Materials & Techniques:
Oil on canvas
22 x 16 inches (55.9 x 40.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
black | brazier (metalworker) | burning | bust | chalice | column (architectural element) | costume | curtain | Hamlet, play by William Shakespeare | incense burner | literary theme | man | mask | sculpture | shadow | shield | smoke | step | theater (discipline)
Associated People:
Shakespeare, William (1564–1616), playwright and poet
Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
Betty, William Henry West (1791–1874), actor
Not on view
IIIF Manifest:

Shakespeare on Canvas (Yale Center for British Art, 2012-01-02 - 2012-06-30) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition] [Exhibition Description]

Shakespeare in Art (Ferrara Galleries of Modern & Contemporary Art, 2003-02-15 - 2003-06-15) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Shakespeare and British Art (Yale Center for British Art, 1981-04-23 - 1981-07-05) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Geoffrey Ashton, Shakespeare and British Art, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 1981, pp. 37, 106, no. 96, PR2933 Y25 A74 c.1 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Malcolm Cormack, Concise Catalogue of Paintings in the Yale Center for British Art, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 1985, pp. 174-175, N590.2 A83 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Elizabeth A. Fay, Fashioning faces, the portraitive mode in British romanticism , University of New Hampshire Press University Press of New England, Durham, N.H. Hanover, N.H., 2010, pp. 240-41, fig. 5.4, PR457 .F34 2009 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Mark (Andrew Mark), Ledbury, James Northcote, history painting, and the Fables, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 2014, pp. 118, 120-21, 126, 148, fig. 106, NJ18.N79 L43 2014 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Jane Martineau, Shakespeare in art, Merrell, London, New York, 2003, pp. 138, 139, 204, no. 40, PR2883 .S52513 2003 OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

Jane Martineau, Shakespeare nell'arte, Arte, Ferrara, 2003, pp. 212, 213, no. 39, PR2883 .S525 2003 OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

Christina Smylitopoulos, Master Betty, , February 16, 2012, 0 minutes 11 seconds, http://www.youtube.com/v/abHEHjwBEUw [Website]

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