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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 top left.
Folger Act/Sc/L: 1.4.94
Arden Act/Sc/L: 1.4.84
Artist: Gear, J.W.
Artist (Original work): Gravelot, Hubert
Date (Original work):
Medium: Ink drawing
Size: 9.5 x 6.5 cms; 3 3/4 x 2 5/8 in
Location: FSL. Art Vol. c38 no. 267. From SHAKESPEARE ILLUSTRATIONS.