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Description: 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 top left.

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

Artist: June, John
Artist (Original work): Gravelot, Hubert Francois
Date: 1734
Date (Original work):
Medium: Engraving (signed, undated)
Size: 12.8 x 8 cms; 5 x 3 1/8 in

Location: FSL. PR1241 V45 Cage. HAMLET, PRINCE OF DENMARK: A TRAGEDY AS IT IS NOW ACTED AT THE THEATRES ROYAL, IN DRURY-LANE, AND COVENT-GARDEN (London: Woodfall, Hawes, etc., 1767), frontispiece; FSL. PR2807 1763 c.1 Sh. Coll. HAMLET, etc. (London: Hawes, 1763).