The Death of Romeo and Juliet

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Loosely painted scene from 'Romeo and Juliet', depicting a moment from Act V, Scene 4 in which the lovers are found dead in the Capulet tomb. The various figure groups are arranged as a tableau, with Romeo and Juliet in the centre of the composition; the body of Romeo, dressed in a yellow tunic, is partially covered by that of Juliet, in a white gown. Five figures gather around the bodies as one of them places their hands at Juliet's throat, as if in search of a pulse; a sixth figure, kneeling to the right of the bodies, holds up a phial of poison. To the left is a group of three grieving family members. To the right, a group of figures crowd at an open door, which reveals a nighttime cityscape beyond. The entire scene is illuminated only by the open door and light cast from the outside.

Manchester Art Gallery



The Death of Romeo and Juliet




oil on millboard


H 16.1 x W 26.9 cm

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Acquisition method

bequeathed by George Beatson Blair, 1947

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Inscription description

Signed, in monogram, at right bottom corner: JEM


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