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The First Madness of Ophelia

Photo credit: Gallery Oldham

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This is a scene from Shakespeare's play ‘Hamlet’. It shows Ophelia mad with grief from Hamlet's rejection and her father's death.

Rossetti had founded the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in 1848 with William Holman Hunt. This watercolour reflects his love of medieval dress and pattern. Charles Lees bought this painting in 1892. It was given to the Gallery much later, in 1952, by his daughter Marjory.

Gallery Oldham





watercolour & gum arabic on paper


H 39.4 x W 29.2 cm

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Acquisition method

gift from Marjory Lees, 1952

Work type

Drawing & watercolour


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