Pray Love, Remember

ELLEN TERRY as OPHELIA
from Hamlet by William Shakespeare

Giclee collector’s print, 250 print edition

ELLEN TERRY is the most famous of the English Victorian actresses. By age 16, she was married to the artist, George Frederick Watts (though separated ten months later), and already launched upon a career of theatrical distinction. In her role as Ophelia, Ms. Terry was hired by and played opposite the famous British actor, Henry Irving.

To prepare herself for the role, Terry expained, “Like all Ophelias before (and after) me, I went to the madhouse to study wits astray.” She found however that “Strange as it may sound, they were too theatrical to teach me anything.…Then, just as I was going away, I noticed a young girl gazing at the wall. I went between her and the wall to see her face. It was quite vacant, but the body expressed that she was waiting, waiting.” Ms. Terry continues, “My experiences convinced me that the actor must imagine first and observe afterwards. It is no good observing life and bringing the result to the stage without selection, without a definite idea. The idea must come first, the realism afterwards.” A valid philosophy for painting as well as acting.

In keeping with the ethereal quality of an Ophelia gone mad, the color scheme of this piece is pastel and high key to imply the innocence of the character. Ellen Terry’s initial inclination was to wear black for her role of Ophelia. This was quickly quashed by Mr. Irving’s production advisor, saying, “My God! Madam, there must be only one black figure in this play, and that’s Hamlet!”


Image size is 14x20 inches, overall print size is 18x24 inches, edition of 250 prints. Print cost is $250 each plus $10 shipping and handling (and sales tax, if applicable). Special Canvas edition: 14x20 inches, edition of 25. Canvas print cost is $500 plus $10 S&H (plus tax).

Each archival paper print is reproduced from the original oil painting and printed on an archival pigment printer for uncommon color fidelity. The prints are personally signed and numbered by the artist and are accompanied by a signed and numbered registration/historical summary certificate. 

Our special canvas edition prints are signed and numbered by the artist in oil. Please note: canvas edition prints contain no text on the printed sheet. They are ready to frame and hang just as an oil painting. A white canvas border is provided around the print so that art may be secured on stretchers if desired

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