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Hamlet and the Gravediggers

A work made of black chalk, with touches of graphite, on cream laid paper, laid down on cream wove paper.
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  • A work made of black chalk, with touches of graphite, on cream laid paper, laid down on cream wove paper.

Date:

1843

Artist:

Eugène Delacroix
French, 1798–1863

About this artwork

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Eugène Delacroix

Title

Hamlet and the Gravediggers

Place

France (Artist's nationality)

Date

Made 1843

Medium

Black chalk, with touches of graphite, on cream laid paper, laid down on cream wove paper

Inscriptions

Inscribed verso on mount, in blue ballpoint (by Winslow Ames): "Eugène Delacroix: 'Hamlet and the Gravediggers', final ddrawing for the / lithograph (in reverse) / of 1834 / A version of this drawing by Delacroix himself, with all the...(hallmarks?) of / tracing, bein in pencil on tracing paper, was dedicated to Liszt on the / mount; its dimensions, 28.7 x 21.7 cm., vary only slightly from this, / which is 28.4 x 19.9. The Liszt drawing was evidently given by L. to his / mistress Princess Sayn-Wittgenstein, for it tunred up in her sale (Pss / Carolyne S.-W., 1819-1889) sold bby Hirsch, Munich, 26 November 1921, No. 52.* / A preparatory study in red chalk for the man on the ground, right, and the / standing man, left, is in the Bonnat Collection, Bayonne, repro. In 'Dessins / del la Collection Léon Bonnat', deuxième année, 1925, plate 59. / Ex coll. Eugène Lecomte (sale Paris 11/13 June 1906?; also from / sale of atelier Delacroix / * Delacroix's journal for 26 August 1855 shows that he met Princess Witt- / genstein, and that Liszt had asked Delacroix for a drawing for her. D. dined / with her on 28 August '55. The only other reference to Liszt in D's journal is a / quotation of L.'s obituary of Chopin. The present drawing is not in Robaut's/ list, but the tracing is iin Bötticher's suppleent to Robau, I, p. 216, no. 13."; at l.l.: "Kraushaar 1936 xscy".

Dimensions

28.4 × 20.1 cm (11 3/16 × 7 15/16 in.)

Credit Line

Promised gift of Richard and Mary L. Gray

Reference Number

Obj: 202348

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