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Quotation at foot: 'Whither wilt thou lead me! Speak, I'll go no further.' William
Charles Macready as Hamlet and Mr. Stuart (b. 1804) as Ghost. Upon the platform,
with the battlements and a tower of the castle in the background. Hamlet stands
at left, feet wide apart, his body facing the viewer but his head turned to the
right towards the Ghost at right. He wears a knee-length tunic, puffed upper sleeves
and a short cape. He is hatless. Around his neck is a broad ribbon from which
is suspended a miniature or a chivalric insignia. He holds his drawn sword in
his right hand. The sword is pointed downwards to the left. His right arm is extended
horizontally to the right and his index finger points towards the Ghost. His eyes
are staring as if fearful. The Ghosts at right faces left towards Hamlet, but
his body is forward to the viewer. He wears armour and a helmet with the visor
up. In his right hand he holds a truncheon and points with it across his body
to the right as though showing Hamlet where he wants him to follow. His left arm
appears to be extended to the right but is cut off by the frame of the picture.
The scene is backlit by a full moon. In the left foreground is a large chain,
a reminder that this is a platform (for heavy guns).
Folger Act/Sc/L: 1.5.2
Arden Act/Sc/L: 1.5.1
Artist (Original work): Reid
Date (Original work):
Size: 15.4 x 11.6; 6 1/16 x 4 9/16 in (arched) (26.7 x 18.1 cms full sh)
Actor: Macready, William Charles
Production: Haymarket, 1849.)
Location: FSL. Art File M174.4 no. 3; LTM (Beard f42-42), published by
John Tallis & Co. (London and New York). Cf. Art Vol. b48 (unnumbered), which
has smaller version from Laurence Hutton's A CENTURY OF HAMLET, p. 871; Art Vol.
c7 no. 72; FSL. PR2755 H3 B3d Sh.C.