Caption: ‘HAMLET: Slanders, sir: for the satirical rogue says here, that old men have grey beards; that their faces are wrinkled; their eyes purging thick amber and plum tree gum; and that they have plentiful lack of wit, together with most weak hams. All of which, sir, thoughI most powerfully and potently believe, yet I hold it not honesty to have it thus set down; for you yourself, sir, should be as old as I am, if, like a crab, you could go backward.’ HAMLET. Act 2, Sc. 2.
Illustrator: Engraved by J Moore from a Daguerreotype by Mayall
Original Illustration Size: 223 x 153mm / 8″22 x 6″0
Illustration Number: 2/26
Source Text: The complete works of Shakspere : revised from the original editions / with historical and analytical introductions to each play, also notes explanatory and critical, and a life of the poet by J.O. Halliwell … and other eminent commentators ; elegantly and appropriately illustrated by portraits engraved on steel, from daguerreotypes of the greatest and most intellectual actors of the age ; taken in the embodiment of the varied and life-like characters of our great national poet / Tragedies.
Published: London; New York: Printed and published by John Tallis and company .