LUNA: Folger Digital Image Collection
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Macbeth's murder of Duncan
from a 4x5 color transparency
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HAMNET CATALOG RECORD:
Roffe, Alfred, artist.
Macbeth's murder of Duncan [graphic]. A. ROFFE.
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Physical Description (Hamnet):
1 painting : oil on canvas ; 51 1/2 x 71 1/2 in. (131.7 x 181.5 cm.)
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Characters -- Duncan.
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Characters -- Macbeth.
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. Macbeth. Act II. Scene 2 -- Illustrations.
Condition reviewed it appears that at some time the bottom edge of the original canvas was folded back about two inches and used as a tacking edge. Olin wrote in 1985, "The design of the impasto underneath does not coincide with the present painting, indicating there may be an entire painting beneath." This seems unlikely, but there are passages where pentimenti are clearly visible, demonstrating that certain details have been altered. For example, the legs of the stool have been thinly painted over those of the sleeping guard at left so that a double image is now present
Conserved 19320000 Finalyson glue-lined this work onto a commercially prepared canvas with a ground
Exhibited: Mead Art Building, Amherst College, "Shakespeare, Hamlet, and Macbeth" (no catalogue), 1951, as "The Murder of the Grooms".
G. Michelmore & Co., Rare Books, Autographs, Manuscripts, 5 Royal Opera Arcade, Pall Mall, London SW1, August 1927, £75.
Signed in black at lower left: "A. ROFFE" (the signature is below the line at the bottom where the canvas at one time was folded back and used as a tacking edge.
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Title from Pressly.
Pressly, W.L. Paintings in the Folger Shakespeare Library, 123
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