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"King Lear," Act I, Scene I  1898

by Edwin Austin Abbey

Cordelia, the heroine of Shakespeare’s tragedy King Lear, stands at the center of this composition, having just been renounced by her father in the play’s opening scene. King Lear is seen exiting at the right, accompanied by his attendants. While the sympathetic king of France bends to kiss her hand, Cordelia confronts her elder sisters, Regan and Goneril, who have alienat...
54 1/4 x 127 1/4 in. (137.8 x 323.2 cm)
Oil on canvas
Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art