As part of the exhibition Tom de Freston was commissioned to paint a triptych of paintings representing the famous Dover Cliff scene in King Lear.

Edgar, in the guise of Poor Tom, takes his suicidal father to the edge of an imaginary cliff, from which the old man jumps

The scene exists on the verge between being and not being – a boundary already embodied by Poor Tom, a mask that comes to uncanny life. In this vivid and disturbing book of cards, Tom de Freston and Simon Palfrey re-imagine Poor Tom as a personification of Shakespeare’s dark playworld, suffering death upon death, and yet surviving to bear witness.

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