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- Object: Hamlet's scull.
A huge and damaged skull, in profile to the left, rests on a small woolsack, being kept upright by a book (right). A border of shadow surrounds it, representing the flesh and blood of the owner and having a profile which is Brougham's, the nose being in striking contrast to the broken nose of the skull. On the Woolsack: 'The 'Time is out of joint | O cursed Spight! | That ever I was born | To set it right!!—' ["Hamlet", I. v]. Below the title:
'Why may not this be the Scull of some great Lawyer? where be his
quiddets, and his quillets now? his cases and his tricks? why suffer
this disgrace? nor tell him of his actions of Battery, &c. &c.'
Hamlet, [V. i] November 1830?
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Height: 230 millimetres
Width: 175 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', XI, 1954)
See No. 16339, &c.
Placed among prints of 1830 but perhaps published after June 1834.
- Not on display
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