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Portrait of Samuel Phelps as Hamlet and Mrs. Warner as Gertrude in style of penny
plain prints. Hamlet is full length, standing, legs wide apart, forward, facing
right in profile. In right hand he holds sword with point to ground behind him.
His left arm is extended horizontally to the right, palm forward and fingers extended.
His weight is on forward (left) foot as though he has been moving to right but
has now stopped. He wears thigh-length, gold-trimmed tunic and short, gold-trimmed
cape. There is a large gold cross on the front of his cape. He is bare headed.
In the background, glimpsed between his legs, is the castle. Caption below him
reads: 'Mr Phelps as Hamlet.' The moment depicted would appear to be that at the
opening of Act 1 scene 5. Mrs. Warner is depicted full length, forward, facing
left. Her right arm is fully extended to left at eye level. She appears to be
pointing with her index finger but at what is unclear. Her left arm is at her
side. She wears a blue and gold, ermine-trimmed top and gold headdress. Her upper
ermine-lined skirt is scarlet with gold trim. Below is a full length white skirt
with gold trim, and at her back is a blue, ermine-lined outer skirt. Below is
the caption: 'Mrs Warner as Qneen [sic]'.
Folger Act/Sc/L: 1.5.2
Arden Act/Sc/L: 1.5.1
Artist (Original work): Anonymous
Date (Original work):
Medium: Lithograph (?) (coloured). In style of penny plain.
Size: 12.5 x 42.5 cms; 5 x 7 3/4 in
Actor: Phelps, Samuel
Location: FSL. PR2755 K7 A2 copy 4 vol. 9 Sh. Coll. Extra-illustrated THE
PICTORIAL EDITION OF THE WORK OF SHAKSPERE, ed. Charles Knight (London: Knight,
n.d.), opp. p. 106.