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A ghost for Halloween

I’d like to say that I cleverly scheduled the installation of Benjamin Wilson’s William Powell as Hamlet encountering the Ghost for last Friday so that the Founders’ Room would have a ghost in time for Halloween. Unfortunately, there were witnesses around when I finally noticed the coincidence, and this blog is open to comments, so I’ll just have to let that one go. The important part is: there’s a new painting on display in the Founders’ Room. Come see it! Folger staff and readers can visit the Founders’ Room any time during normal working hours; visitors have access during the daily docent tours.

Benjamin Wilson, “William Powell as Hamlet Encountering the Ghost,” oil on canvas, ca. 1768–69