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Prints and Drawings
Artist: Eugène Delacroix, French, 1798–1863

Hamlet et le cadavre de Polonius (Act. III Sc. IV) (Hamlet and Polonius’s Corpse), from Shakespeare’s Hamlet

1835

Lithograph

stone: 25.6 × 18 cm (10 1/16 × 7 1/16 in.)
framed: 65.4 × 55 × 3.8 cm (25 3/4 × 21 5/8 × 1 1/2 in.)
The Arthur Ross Collection
2012.159.56.10
Eugène Delacroix treated literary themes in both paintings and prints, and Hamlet is the work he turned to more than any other—he made no fewer than eleven paintings on subjects from the play. These lithographs are his second major series of prints illustrating literature, following the Faust images. The first edition, published in 1843, included just these thirteen prints; three other images were omitted from this edition but were ultimately published in 1864.
Status: 
Not on view
Culture: 
French
Period: 
19th century
Classification: 
Works on Paper - Prints
Provenance: 

William H. Schab Gallery, New York; Arthur Ross Foundation, New York, to 2012; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

Bibliography: 

Suzanne Boorsch et al., Meant to Be Shared: The Arthur Ross Collection of European Prints (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2015), 73, fig. 2.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.