King Lear - Sketch for Cordelia at the Bedside of Lear (Lear's Awakening)
Accession number: 1906P757
Brown ink over pencil on laid paper.
Width: 232 mm
Height: 152 mm
The drawing depicts the scene in which Cordelia returns from France to aid her ailing father ('King Lear,' act IV, scene vii, 30-58). It was the first of the series to become a painting, 'Lear and Cordelia,' 1848-49, oil on canvas, Tate, London). The compositions are very similar but significantly in the drawing Lear is awake. The painting sets the scene more definitely in a tent by the sea whereas this setting is only suggested in the drawing with a few lines signifying the curtained entrance to the tent. LM
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