'Ophelia Weaving her Garlands', oil on canvas by Richard Redgrave, Great Britain, 1842. Museum no. FA.171. Given by John Sheepshanks, 1857

'Ophelia Weaving her Garlands', oil on canvas by Richard Redgrave, Great Britain, 1842. Museum no. FA.171. Given by John Sheepshanks, 1857

The depiction of Shakespeare's tragic heroine Ophelia was praised for its psychological insight. It was exhibited beside lines adapted from Hamlet:
'There is a willow grows ascaunt the brook
That shews his hoar leaves in the glossy stream
There with fantastic garland did she make
Of crow-flowers ,nettles, daisies, and long purples.'