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Lear Casting out his Daughter Cordelia

A work made of stipple etching and engraving on ivory laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of stipple etching and engraving on ivory laid paper.




Richard Earlom (British, 1743-1822)
after Henry Fuseli (Swiss, active in England, 1741-1825)

About this artwork

King Lear tells the tragic tale of a king driven to madness. Flattered and manipulated by his disingenuous older daughters into giving them his lands, Lear banishes his youngest daughter, the devoted Cordelia, in the scene depicted here. This print is based upon Henry Fuseli’s painting of the same subject, created for the Boydell Shakespeare Gallery in London, which the publisher had reproduced for the wider commercial audience of Shakespeare enthusiasts throughout Britain.


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Richard Earlom


Lear Casting out his Daughter Cordelia


England (Artist's nationality)

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Made 1792


Stipple etching and engraving on ivory laid paper


Plate: 50.1 × 63.4 cm (19 3/4 × 25 in.); Sheet: 55 × 68 cm (21 11/16 × 26 13/16 in.)

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William D. Shorey Memorial

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