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Portrait of David Garrick (1717-79) as Hamlet. Hamlet, three-quarter length, standing
and looking to right, recoiling from his first sight of the Ghost. Both hands,
fingers extended (palms to front), are raised in astonishment in front of him.
He is hatless and stands in the traditional pose with feet wide apart, the weight
of the body on the rear foot as if he is starting back from the terrible sight
in front of him. He wears black contemporary clothes (he continued throughout
his career to appear in contemporary clothes, as was the custom. See, HAMLET THROUGH
THE AGES, p. 23). Missing from the engraving are the details of some ships in
the background that are visible in the McArdell mezzotint.
Folger Act/Sc/L: 1.4.43
Arden Act/Sc/L: 1.4.39
Artist (Original work): Wilson, Benjamin
Date (Original work):
Size: 30.5 x 23.5 cms; 12 x 9 1/4 in
Actor: Garrick, David
Location: FSL. W.b.473, Vol. 1, p. 170.