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Hamlet, Horatio, Marcellus and the Ghost

A work made of etching and stipple on ivory wove paper.
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  • A work made of etching and stipple on ivory wove paper.




Robert Thew (English, 1758-1802)
after Henry Fuseli (Swiss, active in England, 1741-1825)
published by John Boydell (English, 1719-1804)
authored by William Shakespeare (English, 1564-1616)

About this artwork

Henry Fuseli made a series of paintings depicting scenes from Shakespeare’s plays, which were reproduced as prints, including this engraving by Robert Thew. This image represents the fourth scene from the first act of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The ghost of Hamlet’s father appears during the night and beckons him to a place where they can speak privately. Meanwhile, Horatio and Marcellus try to dissuade Hamlet from following for fear of his safety.


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Robert Thew


Hamlet, Horatio, Marcellus and the Ghost


England (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1796


Etching and stipple on ivory wove paper


Plate: 50.2 × 63.7 cm (19 13/16 × 25 1/8 in.); Sheet: 59.3 × 88 cm (23 3/8 × 34 11/16 in.)

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William McCallin McKee Memorial Endowment

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