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The Bodleian Libraries commissioned a triptych by Oxford painter Tom de Freston for the Summer 2016 exhibition Shakespeare’s Dead. The paintings were inspired by the Dover Cliff scene in King Lear. The first imagines Poor Tom and Gloucester at the cliff-edge, swooning with vertiginous visions. The second suggests the actor alone on the stage, threatened by self-annihilation. The third pictures the man after he has fallen, at the verge of land and sea, life and death, unsure which is his true element.

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At The Cliff Edge – Shakespeare's Dead Exhibition from Unmarked Films on Vimeo.