The bearded King Lear is seen again, above, in a large-scale composition drawing of the death of Cordelia.
Cordelia lies on the ground, her upper body supported by the kneeling Lear. The artist has followed closely the words Lear speaks: "Lend me a looking glass./ If that her breath will mist or stain the stone,/ Why, then she lives..../ This feather stirs; she lives!" (Act 5, scene 3, 261-63).
In the arm of the woman standing at the left, Romney's delicate line provides an ironic contrast to the bulky, shapeless mass of the arm itself with its distorted anatomy.