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Before a drawbridge (at right) to the castle. The Ghost to left of centre, in
armour and plumed helmet with visor raised, gestures with both arms for Hamlet
to follow him off to the left. His right foot is pointing in that direction and
his head is turned back towards Hamlet over his left shoulder. Hamlet in contemporary
18th-century dress still stands on the drawbridge but is restrained from following
the Ghost by Horatio who gestures with his arms in front of Hamlet. Unusual is
the fact that Hamlet is looking at Horatio rather than at the Ghost. Marcellus,
barely visible, stands behind. The scene is illuminated by the crescent moon at
Folger Act/Sc/L: 1.4.94
Arden Act/Sc/L: 1.4.84
Artist: Van der Gucht, Gerard
Artist (Original work): Gravelot, Hubert Francois
Date (Original work):
Size: 13.2 x 7.5 cms; 5 3/16 x 2 15/16 in (17.2 x 9.5 cms - full page)
Location: FSL. Art File S528h1 no. 5. (Copy 2 FSL. Art File S528h1 no.
5 dated in pencil on rear '1752' is re-engraving). FSL. PR2752 1740 c.1 Sh. Coll.
2nd ed. of Theobald's THE WORKS OF SHAKESPEARE (London: 1740), Vol. 8, frontispiece
(rpt. 1752, 1772, 1773).