MILLAIS John Everett Ophelia c. 1851

MILLAIS John Everett Ophelia c. 1851
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Oil on canvas Height: 76.2 cm (30 in). Width: 111.8 cm (44 in). Tate Britain, London The painting depicts Ophelia, a character from Shakespeare's play Hamlet, singing while floating in a river just before she drowns

"Her clothes spread wide / And, mermaid-like, awhile they bore her up.". But eventually, "her garments, heavy with their drink / Pull'd the poor wretch from her melodious lay" down "to muddy death."