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Description: To left as though descending towards the sea is the Ghost in armour and plumed helmet. His back is to the viewer but he looks over his right shoulder back at Hamlet and beckons with his raised right hand. Upon the raised ground below the castle walls, Hamlet (in doublet, breeches, hose, short cape, elaborate collar) attempts to follow, but he is restrained by Horatio, who stands between him and the Ghost, and Marcellus, who stands behind Hamlet. Hamlet's hat lies on the ground in the foreground of the picture as though dislodged in the scuffle. The scene appears to be back-lit by moonlight; however, the moon is not visible. At right rear is the wall of the castle.

Folger Act/Sc/L: 1.4.94
Arden Act/Sc/L: 1.4.84
TLN: 671.00

Artist: Smirke, Robert
Artist (Original work): Smirke, Robert
Date: 1783
Date (Original work):
Medium: Ink
Size: 15 x 11.5 cms; 5 7/8 x 4 1/2 in (oval - no border)

Location: FSL. Art Box S641 no. 8.