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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.
Hamlet and the Ghost
oil on canvas
H 60 x W 41 cm
bequeathed by Leicester Collier, 1917