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Description: 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
TLN: 624.00

Artist: Anonymous
Artist (Original work): Wilson, Benjamin
Date (Original work):
Medium: Watercolour
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.