Illustration by John Byam Shaw



In this evocative illustration, John Byam Shaw depicts the demise of the tragic figure of Ophelia from Shakespear's Hamlet.


Ophelia was the daughter of Polonius, sister to Laertes and romantically linked to Hamlet (Prince of Denmark). Due to the

symbolism used by Shakespeare, it has been suggested that Ophelia was pregnant to Hamlet and, upon being apparently

rejected by the Prince during a mad rant, may have taken certain herbs to induce a miscarriage. Subsequently descending

into madness herself, Ophelia was found drowned in a stream - with the question of whether her death was caused by

misadventure or suicide remaining unresolved.



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