The Magazine

April, 1894, Page: 14

Image Dimensions: 18.6 x 8.7 x 12.4 cms

Page Dimensions: 31.8 x 25.6 cms


Title: Ophelia

Date: 1894

Inscription: Drawing, pen and ink illustration on paper, 18.6 x 8.7 x 12.4 cm, attached to page, inscribed bottom left, “OPHELIA”, signed bellow on right “A. R.”

Keywords: heroines; figures; women

Material: Pen and ink

Commentary: Raeburn’s illustration, depicting Shakespeare’s tragic heroine on her way to her death, serves as a frontispiece to the essay by Jane Keppie. Ophelia’s youthful face has a trance–like expression when all around her is light, joyous, and Springlike. Despite the rather naive drawing style, and partly because of it, the artist has conveyed her subject’s state of mind with a fair degree of success.