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Hamlet's skull, according to the title at the base. A skull and a book are placed
on a rectangular pillow. On the side of the pillow facing the viewer is the inscription
'The time is out of joint \ O cursed Spight! \ That ever I was born \ To set it
right!' Below the title at the bottom of the sheet is another quotation, beginning
'Why may not this be the Scull of some great Lawyer? ...' The picture is thus
not of anything to be found in the play itself. The title itself is ambiguous.
Is the skull that of Hamlet, or is it the one that Hamlet takes in his hand during
Folger Act/Sc/L: 1.5.210
Arden Act/Sc/L: 1.5.196
Artist (Original work): Burn, H.
Date (Original work):
Medium: Lithograph printed by Lefevre
Size: 20 x 16.8 cms; 7 7/8 6 5/8 in (without caption)
Location: FSL. Art File S528h1 no. 99. Published by S.W. Fores (London);
FSL. Art Vol. b63 unnumbered, after p. 156 (with caption).