William Shakespeare (British, Stratford-upon-Avon 1564–1616 Stratford-upon-Avon)
Graphite on wove paper
Overall: 6 7/8 x 9 3/16 in. (17.5 x 23.3 cm)
Gift from the Karen B. Cohen Collection of Eugène Delacroix, in memory of Lucien Goldschmidt, 2013
Not on view
In this illustration of a scene in Act 3 of Shakespeare's drama, Hamlet is seen thrusting a miniature portrait of his dead father before his mother, whom he reproaches for consorting with his uncle Claudius. The drawing was made as Delacroix prepared a series of lithographs devoted to Hamlet, exhibiting thirteen at the Louvre in 1834 then creating three more in 1843 (see.22.56.13 for the related print).
Marking: Stamped in red ink, lower right: Mark of Delacroix's posthumous sale 1864 (Lugt 838a); Stamped in ink, lower left with the collection mark of Edgar Degas: Atelier Ed. Degas (Lugt 657)
Eugène Delacroix (French, Charenton-Saint-Maurice 1798–1863 Paris)(his estate sale, Paris 1864); M. Albert Fiziliere (French)(bought from Delacroix 1864 sale for 20 francs); Edgar Degas (French, Paris 1834–1917 Paris)(vente Degas, Paris, Mar. 27, 1918, lot 151); Private Collection, Europe; MacKinnon and Strachey (London)(as of 1987); Jill Newhouse(Sold to Karen B. Cohen, 1987); Donor: Karen B. Cohen
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863): Paintings, Drawings, and Prints from North American Collections," April 10, 1991–June 16, 1991.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Private Collection of Edgar Degas, MMA," October 1, 1997–January 11, 1998.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," October 25, 2004–January 23, 2005.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," October 17, 2006–January 7, 2007.
Robaut 573; Moreau 45; MMA 1991.95; MMA 1997.248
Adolphe Moreau Eugène Delacroix et son oeuvre. Librairie des Bibliophiles, Paris, 1873, litho p. 64, no. 185, cat. no. 45, p. 136, ill.
Edgar Degas Catalogue des Tableaux Modernes et Anciens. Paris, March 26-27, 1918, cat. no. lot 151, p. 64.
Jacob Bean, Lee Johnson, William M. Griswold Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863): Paintings, Drawings, and Prints from North American Collections. Ex. cat. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1991, cat. no. 95, p. 202, ill.
Colta Ives, Susan Alyson Stein The Private Collection of Edgar Degas. A Summary Catalogue. Ex. cat. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1997, cat. no. 248.
Ann Dumas, Colta Ives, Susan Alyson Stein, Gary Tinterow The Private Collection of Edgar Degas. Ex. cat. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1997, cat. no. 248, p. 34, ill.
Maria Grazia Messina "Shakespeare and Romantic Painting in Europe" in Shakespeare in Art, published on the occasion of the exhibition, Dulwich Picture Gallery. Jane Martineau, 2003, pp. 174-179 (opinions of Shakespeare in France, stage productions and paintings made in response by Delacroix and Chasseriau).
Christophe Leribault Une passion pour Delacroix: la collection Karen B. Cohen. Paris, 2009, cat. no. 22, p. 54, ill.