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King Lear Weeping over the Dead Body of Cordelia

Photo credit: Tate

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Barry was a passionate champion of neo-classical history painting on a vast scale. After initial success he became a martyr to its cause, dying neglected and convinced of the hostility of the art establishment. This is one of Barry's most ambitious paintings, made for Alderman Boydell's 'Shakespeare Gallery', a collection of engraved scenes from Shakespeare by celebrated artists of the day. Boydell held an exhibition of the original pictures in 1789.

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Date

1786-8

Medium

Oil on canvas

Measurements

H 269.2 x W 367 cm

Accession number

T00556

Acquisition method

Purchased 1962

Work type

Painting


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