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Ophelia's Death, plate 13 from Hamlet

A work made of lithograph in black on ivory china paper laid down on white wove paper.
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  • A work made of lithograph in black on ivory china paper laid down on white wove paper.




Eugène Delacroix
French, 1798-1863

About this artwork

In this lithograph from Eugène Delacroix’s Hamlet series, the haunted, bedraggled Ophelia dangles herself above a stream in the moments before her death. Delacroix imbued the rushing water with a sense of loose fluidity through his keen use of the medium. Although Ophelia’s death happens offstage, it is recounted in a moving speech by Gertrude, Hamlet’s mother, who describes the drowning Ophelia as “incapable of her own distress”: “Her clothes spread wide, and mermaid-like, a while they bore her up.” In contrast to the text and most other images of the scene, here Ophelia clutches a tree branch with one arm, as if contemplating her own demise.


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Eugène Delacroix


Ophelia's Death, plate 13 from Hamlet


France (Artist's nationality)




Lithograph in black on ivory China paper laid down on white wove paper


Image: 15.8 × 25.7 cm (6 1/4 × 10 1/8 in.); Sheet: 35.7 × 54.9 cm (14 1/16 × 21 5/8 in.)

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Albert H. Wolf Memorial Collection

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