King Lear Weeping over the Dead Body of Cordelia, by James Barry

Description

This painting depicts a heartbroken Lear weeping over the dead body of his daughter Cordelia. The Irish painter, James Barry (1741–1806), was a proponent of neo-classical history painting, and set the scene in a heroic landscape. We can see Stonehenge in the background, perhaps emphasizing the setting of King Lear in pre-Christian Britain. The painting was made for Boydell’s ‘Shakespeare Gallery’.

Full title:
King Lear Weeping over the Dead Body of Cordelia
Created:
1786-88
Format:
Painting / Artwork / Image
Creator:
James Barry [painter]
Usage terms

© King Lear Weeps over the Body of Cordelia, Barry, James (1741-1806) / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

Held by
Tate
Shelfmark:
T00556

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