Hamlet and His Mother

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A painting depicting Hamlet and his mother. It illustrates the incident (Act III, Scene 4) when Hamlet confronts his mother, Queen Gertrude, over her relationship with Claudius.

During this scene, Hamlet implores 'Save me and hover o'er me with your wings,/You heavenly guards! (To the Ghost) What would you, gracious figure?'

Shakespeare Birthplace Trust



Hamlet and His Mother




oil on board


H 73 x W 33.5 cm

Accession number

SBT 2006-45

Acquisition method

purchased, 2006

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