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Creator:William Sharp

Benjamin West (1738–1820) Blue pencil.svg wikidata:Q313498

Creator:John & Josiah Boydell

William Shakespeare (1564–1616) Blue pencil.svg wikidata:Q692 s:en:Author:William Shakespeare q:en:William Shakespeare


"Off, off, you lendings–Come unbutton here" (Shakespeare, King Lear, Act 3, Scene 4)

Object type Print; Prints


In one of a series of engravings Boydell published to reproduce paintings displayed in the Shakespeare Gallery, King Lear has been driven out by his daughters and is buffeted by a storm on a heath. As the king displays his unsettled mind by tearing off his clothes, the Duke of Kent begs him to take shelter. Edgar, another outcast disguised as Tom O'Bedlam, sits at lower right near the Fool. Completing the group, the Duke of Gloucester raises a torch against the darkness. The American born painter West made his name in England painting neoclassical subjects admired by George III, together with heroic modern histories, but here uses a swirling baroque mode suited to a subject that contemporaries would have seen as echoing the madness that afflicted their own king from 1788.

Date 1793

Medium Etching and engraving


image: 17 3/8 x 23 5/16 in. (44.2 x 59.2 cm)

sheet: 19 1/4 x 24 7/16 in. (48.9 x 62.1 cm)

Current location 

Metropolitan Museum of Art Blue pencil.svg wikidata:Q160236

Drawings and Prints

Accession number 


Credit line Gift of Georgiana W. Sargent, in memory of John Osborne Sargent, 1924




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