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Before a drawbridge (at left) to the castle. The Ghost to right of centre, in
armour and plumed helmet with visor raised, gestures with both arms for Hamlet
to follow him off to the right. His left foot is pointing in that direction, and
his head is turned back towards Hamlet over his right 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 (Original work): Gravelot, Hubert Francois
Date: 1776 ?
Date (Original work):
Size: 11.1 x 6.5 cms; 4 3/8 x 2 1/2 in
Location: FSL. PR2807 1776 Sh. Coll. HAMLET, PRINCE OF DENMARK: A TRAGEDY.
AS IT IS NOW ACTED AT THE THEATRES-ROYAL IN DRURY-LANE AND COVENT-GARDEN (London:
Sold be W. Oxlade, 1776), frontispiece.