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King Lear, Act V, Scene I

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  • Title (object)

    • King Lear, Act V, Scene I
  • Description

    The King sits up weakly on his bed, supported by a male figure (perhaps Kent or the Doctor) and with Cordelia sitting beside him, holding his hand with her other on her chest, tears in her eyes; two further women and two soldiers stand at left; after Benjamin West (Staley 214?). 1799

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  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1799
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 483 millimetres
    • Width: 582 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered below image with "Shakspeare", title and verse, with production detail: "Paind. by B. West Esqr. R.A. Prest. of the Royal Academy/& Historical Painter to His Majesty.", "Engrad. by R. Earlom", with publication line: "Published Jany. 1. 1799 by B.B.Evans, in the Poultry London"
  • Curator's comments

    The scene is incorrectly identified in the title, as the action portayed here is loosely based on act IV, scene VII, which includes the lines spoken by Lear which are quoted below this print. The line from Cordelia is a fabrication or reflects contemporary alteration of Shakespeare's text. See von Erffa and Staley, Nos. 212-214, pp. 273-6.


  • Bibliography

    • Wessely 1886 undescribed bibliographic details
    • Chaloner Smith 1883 undescribed bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (British XVIIIc Unmounted Portfolio)

  • Associated names

  • Associated titles

    • Associated Title: King Lear
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  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

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