Lear

A work made of etching on cream wove paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of etching on cream wove paper.

Date:

March 15, 1776 (originally published); published 1809

Artist:

John Hamilton Mortimer
English, 1740-1779

About this artwork

Part of the same series of heads that includes the image of Beatrice, this work depicts the crazed King Lear as he gazes skyward. His eyes bulge and his hair whips about his face as he considers his own misdeeds and tragedy. John Hamilton Mortimer expertly captured the despair and loss of control Lear feels in this moment. The old king cries out the monologue quoted below the image.

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Artist

John Hamilton Mortimer

Title

Lear

Origin

England

Date

1809

Medium

Etching on cream wove paper

Dimensions

403 × 320 mm (plate); 587 × 444 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Mary S. Adams Endowment

Reference Number

2001.132

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