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Portrait of William Creswick (1813-88) as Hamlet at Surrey Theatre, London, in
1849, forward, facing right. The pose is the same as that used in matching pictures
of Edmund Kean in illustration of 1814 and by John Howard Payne. Creswick stands
on the battlements (not shown in the illustrations of Kean and Payne). His legs
are placed apart and he leans slightly back (the classic position of the 'start').
In his right hand he holds his sword which points to the ground behind him. His
left arm is extended horizontally to the right of the picture where presumably
the Ghost beckons him. He wears a short gold-trimmed tunic and short red cloak.
There is a large four-pointed star at his breast.
Folger Act/Sc/L: 1.5.2
Arden Act/Sc/L: 1.5.1
Artist (Original work): Anonymous
Date (Original work):
Medium: Engraving (twopence coloured) (unsigned and undated)
Size: 42.5 x 15.5 cms; 7 3/4 x 6 1/8 in
Actor: Creswick, William
Production: Surrey Theatre (London), 1849
Location: FSL. Art File C923 no. 2. Published by John Redington and numbered