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Ferdinand-Victor-Eugène Delacroix (Charenton-Saint-Maurice 1798-1863 Paris)
Property from a Distinguished Private Collection, Washington, D.C.
Ferdinand-Victor-Eugène Delacroix (Charenton-Saint-Maurice 1798-1863 Paris)

Hamlet and Polonius

Details
Ferdinand-Victor-Eugène Delacroix (Charenton-Saint-Maurice 1798-1863 Paris)
Hamlet and Polonius
graphite and red chalk
9 x 7 in. (22 x 17.7 cm)
Provenance
The artist's estate (L. 838a).
with Marlborough Gallery.
Private collection, New York, by 1967; by descent to the present owner.
Exhibited
Purchase, New York, Neuberger Museum of Art, Figures and Faces: 19th and 20th Century European Master Drawings, 1967-68.

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Lot Essay

This drawing illustrates Polonius pointing to Hamlet's book and asking the prince: 'What do you read, my Lord?... Words, Words, Words' (act II, scene II, verses 191-192). It is Delacroix' first sketch for a lithograph from a series by Gérard René Villain (1740-1836), illustrating Shakespeare's play (L. Delteil, Delacroix. The Graphic Work. A Catalogue Raisonné, San Francisco, 1997, no. 106). Two other Delacroix drawings of Polonius and Hamlet were made into prints by Villain: The Murder of Polonius and Hamlet, and The Corpse of Polonius (ibid., nos. 111-115).

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