Lejeune began to exhibit at the Royal Academy in 1840, showing mostly religious subjects. He later became an associate member of the academy and served as its curator and master of drawing. Ophelia was Lord Polonius' innocent young daughter who went insane and committed suicide in Shakespeare's "Hamlet." In this frontal view, Ophelia is shown from the bust up against a dark black background, wearing a white gown edged with gold. Read more...
- H: 7 11/16 x W: 7 in. (19.6 x 17.8 cm)
- oil on panel
- Courtesy of the Walters Art Museum
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