Lear and Cordelia

Lear and CordeliaThis work inspired by Shakespeare’s play King Lear is a detail watercolour which shows Cordelia in the arms of King Lear outside a tent in the French camp. Maclise places the figures across the centre of the composition, contrasting the various poses of the man as if they are actors on the stage. The artist has always shown an interest in medieval costume and in research of historical details in an attempt to make his paintings an ‘authentic’ record, even if here his depiction of Cordelia is typically Victorian.

CreatorMaclise, Daniel (Search Europeana for this person)
CollectionCrawford Gallery
Timespan19th century
Repository Pagehttps://www.europeana.eu/portal/record/15410/185A994EA96FE19...
Web Pagehttp://www.crawfordartgallery.ie/pages/watercolour/Daniel_Ma...
Subject TermsWatercolour on paper
ProviderIrish Manuscripts Commission