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George Cruikshank, 1792–1878, British

Hamlet and the Ghost

Part Of:

Collective Title: The Tragical History of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark

ca. 1825
Watercolor with black ink and graphite on moderately thick, slightly textured, beige wove paper
Sheet: 6 7/8 x 8 5/16 inches (17.4 x 21.1 cm) and Image: 5 3/8 x 6 3/4 inches (13.7 x 17.2 cm)

Inscribed in black ink, within image, upper left: "Cock a doodle doo"; in graphite, upper center: "1807(?)"; lower left: "JCR(?)"; lower center: "Hamlet _ and the Ghost | a popular song"; on back, upper center: "1810"; on back, upper right: "2. deep(?) | [2 squares]; in black ink, on back, upper right: "11 x 13"; on back, center left, written sideways: "20 (encircled) | 01Ø (underlined)"; on back, center right: "2 (encircled) | 1840 | 1030 | 4 (encircled)"; on back, lower left: "Starter(?) from | Autograph di | Art[...]"; on back, lower right: "LE(?)/V | 9610 (underlined)"

embossed stamp, upper left, within circle, crown in center: "BRISTOL | PATENT"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Drawings & Watercolors
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
armor | battle | bushes | cape | castle | costume | cuffs (costume components) | dragon | fighting | gesture | ghost | gloves | Hamlet, Act I, Scene IV | helmet | literary theme | loincloth | plays by William Shakespeare | rooster | ruff | sashes (costume accessories) | smoke | spurs (accessories worn)
Associated Places:
Denmark | Elsinore | Europe | Frederiksborg | Kronborg Castle
Associated People:
Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
Ghost of Hamlet's Father
Shakespeare, William (1564–1616), playwright and poet
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