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  • Arthur Hughes, Ophelia
    Arthur Hughes

  • John William Waterhouse, Ophelia
    John William Waterhouse
  • Daniel Maclise, 'The Play Scene in 'Hamlet'' exhibited 1842
    Daniel Maclise
    The Play Scene in 'Hamlet' exhibited 1842
    Oil on canvas
    support: 1524 x 2743 mm
    Presented by Robert Vernon 1847
  • Paul Falconer Poole, 'Sketch, (?Ophelia)' date not known
    Paul Falconer Poole
    Sketch, (?Ophelia) date not known
    Oil on wood
    support: 267 x 368 mm
    Purchased 1947
  • Stanley William Hayter, 'Ophelia' 1936
    Stanley William Hayter
    Ophelia 1936
    Oil, casein tempera and gesso on canvas
    support: 1000 x 1445 mm
    Purchased 1982© ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2002
  • Reg Butler, 'Ophelia' 1955
    Reg Butler
    Ophelia 1955
    object: 544 x 185 x 135 mm
    Purchased 1959© The estate of Reg Butler

Ophelia is a very popular topic for artists. Shown above are various images of Ophelia, depicting the story in different ways. For example Arthur Hughes’s work of Ophelia exhibited at the same time as Millais’s at the Royal Academy, shows Ophelia before she slips into the river.

J. W. Waterhouse produced three paintings of Ophelia. His 1889 version, (owned by Sotheby’s New York), shows Ophelia lying in a meadow in an attitude of abandon, dressed in white. One hand is in her hair and another, grasping the flowers. In his second painting of 1894, (Schaeffer Collection, Sydney - see above), Ophelia sits on a branch of a tree, as she fixes poppies and daisies in her hair. In his third work of 1910, (collection of Andrew Lloyd-Webber), Ophelia stands on the edge of a river, steadying herself by a tree, as she stares wildly at the viewer, clutching her dress and a handful of flowers, whilst two viewers watch from a bridge in the background.