Edgar approaching Lear

This arresting drawing, by the Swiss artist Henry Fuseli (Johann Heinrich Füssli) (1741-1825), depicts Edgar feigning madness and approaching King Lear whose madness is painfully real.  Its clean, strong lines seem to echo Blake’s style. 

 

Credit: Edgar Feigning Madness Approaches King Lear Supported by Kent and the Fool on the Heath (1772), Henry Fuseli (Johann Heinrich Füssli) (1741-1825), Birmingham Museums Trust, public domain

Credit: Edgar Feigning Madness Approaches King Lear Supported by Kent and the Fool on the Heath (1772), Henry Fuseli (Johann Heinrich Füssli) (1741-1825), Birmingham Museums Trust, public domain
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