Romeo and Juliet by Joseph Wright of Derby

The moment when Juliet awakes in the tomb to find Romeo's dead body and the empty cup of poison beside it.


Oil on canvas
178 x 241 cm
Art Fund grant:
£8,312 ( Total: £33,250; Tax remission)
Acquired in:
James Oaks

Seizing the dagger, she is about to kill herself.


Painted for Boydell's Shakespeare Gallery but rejected and remained with the artist; Christie's 1801; Christie's 1810; Henry Moseley; Mrs Thomas Thorpe, 1857; Oakes family before 1883, by descent.

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