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A caricature of the scene in which Hamlet confronts the Ghost. It is the moment
when the cock crows and the Ghost is recalled. Hamlet at left with drawn sword
pointing at Ghost, gestures with his left arm which also points at the Ghost.
His mouth is wide open as if he is shouting or perhaps in sheer astonishment.
The Ghost at right appears to have emerged from a cloud. His bizarre armour and
spurs make him comical and he has a dragon as a crest on his helmet that seems
to be belching fire from mouth and tail. He holds a truncheon in his right hand
that he holds up in front of Hamlet. In the background is the castle at the left
and a red rooster in the centre. Below this picture is a comic song, telling the
story of how Hamlet's mother killed her husband, 'ogl'd his brother' and got him
for a husband. The Ghost tells Hamlet the truth but is interrupted by the cock
that sends him back to 'sulph'rous flame'.
Folger Act/Sc/L: 1.5.97
Arden Act/Sc/L: 1.5.90
Artist (Original work): Anonymous
Date (Original work):
Medium: Engraving coloured
Location: FSL. Art File S528h1 no. 100. Printed and sold by R. Harrild,
20, Great Eastcheap.