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In Character: Shakespeare's 'King Lear'

Portraits of actors and actresses portraying characters from Shakespeare's 'King Lear'.

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Edmund Kean as King Lear
by (Isaac) Robert Cruikshank
published 1823
NPG D21266

'Lear and Cordelia'
after Ford Madox Brown
1860s, based on a work of 1849-1854
NPG P1273(4b)

Ellen Terry as Cordelia in 'King Lear'
by Window & Grove
1892, published 1906
NPG Ax131317

Sarah West (née Cooke) as Cordelia in 'King Lear'
by Thomas Woolnoth, published by Simpkin and Marshall, after Thomas Charles Wageman
published 1820
NPG D38666

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