Oil on canvas
Hamlet : Hamlet
height (frame): 85cm
width (frame): 72cm
Thomas Harris; Harris sale, 12 July 1819 (20); Charles Mathews
1833 London, Queen's Bazaar, Oxford Street, "Mr Mathews's Gallery of Theatrical Portraits" (152)
1982-3 London (125)
“Morning Herald” 22 March 1794; Hayes 1968
Half-length. Hamlet wears black, with a lace vandyke collar. Across his chest there are white bands edged in red. His bedraggled powdered hair is brushed back.
Pope played Hamlet for the first time at Covent Garden on 30 October 1793, the occasion for Dupont's picture which was finished when mentioned in the “Morning Herald” on 22 March 1794. Holman was the usual Hamlet at Covent Garden, but Pope played the part again once more during the 1793-4 season, on 10 May 1794, when the playbill claimed the play was mounted at "the particular Desire of his Excellency the Ambassador from the Sublime Porte" (Ussuf Adijah Effendi).