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Paintings: G0051


George Bartley


Oil on canvas



Hamlet : Hamlet



Height: 77cm
Width: 64cm


Charles Mathews

Other number

Mathews 157
RW/CKA 415

Exhibition history

1833 London, Queen's Bazaar, Oxford Street, "Mr Mathews's Gallery of Theatrical Portraits" (157)

Half-length, facing front. Bartley, with curly brown hair, wears an open white collar, a grey cloak wrapped round his shoulders, and under that a black leather jerkin with silver studs.
Bartley does not seem to have played Hamlet in London. It is possible that he played the role in the provinces, however, where he was better known as a comedian. Pocock must have painted the picture before his retirement in 1819.
Mathews's choice of quote is particularly apt, if obvious: "To be or not to be, that is the question." See also G0447.
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