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At centre is what looks like a tomb with a pointed arch above it. Hamlet stands
with his back to the tomb, leaning upon it, his right arm outstretched along its
top, his left raised from the elbow. His look is mournful. Looming up behind Hamlet
and as though rising from the tomb is the Ghost, who is shown in profile. He wears
armour with the visor up and carries a truncheon. Upon the side of the tomb-like
structure is inscribed 'Hamlet Prince of Denmark.' At the foot of the page sit
Claudius (on the left) and Gertrude (on the right). Claudius grips the arm of
his chair with his right hand and glowers forward. Gertrude holds part of her
veil up to her mouth as if weeping, and with her right hand she reaches across
and holds Claudius's hand. Between them is the inscription 'Act I.' This design
is very similar (especially regarding the figures of the Ghost and Claudius and
Hamlet) to another such title-page showing the tomb of Hamlet's father.
Folger Act/Sc/L: n/a
Arden Act/Sc/L: n/a
Artist: Meadows, Kenny
Artist (Original work): Meadows, Kenny
Date: 1843 ?
Date (Original work):
Medium: Pencil (signed)
Size: 17 x 13 cms; 6 5/8 x 5 1/4 in (20.2 x 16 cms - full sheet)
Location: FSL. Art Box M482 no. 2b. Drawing for engraved title-page (see
FSL. Art File S528h1 no. 98).