Hamlet and Daemon–The Tragicall Historie of Hamlet Prince of Denmarke

Edward Gordon Craig British
Subject William Shakespeare British

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This image comes from a set of illustrations to Hamlet that Craig worked on for seventeen years, developed from prints originally made around 1909–10 to demonstrate his revolutionary ideas for a production staged by the Moscow Art Theatre in 1912. A fine German illustrated edition integrating Craig's images with the text appeared in 1929, printed by Count Harry Kessler at the Cranach Press in Weimar, with a version in English following in 1930. The present sheet comes from a set of proofs issued with deluxe versions of the bound text.
In Craig's visionary 1912 staging, the ghost was divided into two separate beings—a skeletal representation of Hamlet’s murdered father in act 1, and the androgynous "daemon," or alter ego seen here, who entices the prince toward death later in the drama.

Hamlet and Daemon–The Tragicall Historie of Hamlet Prince of Denmarke, Edward Gordon Craig (British, Stevenage, Hertfordshire 1872–1966 Vence, France), Woodcut on vellum; proof

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