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As part of the exhibition I was commissioned to paint a triptych of paintings representing the Dover Cliff scene in King Lear, where 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 Bodleian Library published a book of postcards to accompany the work. In the book we (myself 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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