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Hamlet and the Ghost, 1901 (oil on canvas)

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Hamlet and the Ghost, 1901 (oil on canvas)
Shields, Frederic James (1833-1911) / English
Manchester Art Gallery, UK
oil on canvas
1901 AD (C20th AD)
60x41 cms

An atmospheric scene, showing a deserted seascape at night populated only by the figures of a man and a ghost and illuminated by a full moon set low in a cloudy sky. The two figures confront each other. The left figure turns to the right in three-quarter view, his head lowered and shadowy, his sword drawn and held pointing forward in his right hand; the pale figure of the ghost is seen forward-facing, his head jutting towards the man, armoured and with fists clenched. They appear to be stood on a small island of sand between the sea in the background and an inlet of water in the foreground with the moon casting a shaft of reflected light between them. In the left background, the coast is seen to curve to form a promontory with steep cliffs descending straight into the sea; a large building sits on this high land set back some distance from the coast. The strange cloud formations dominate the composition with a glowing ring of orange cloud around the moon blending into the surrounding deep purple sky with black clouds streaked upwards.

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© Manchester Art Gallery / Bridgeman Images
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