'The Death of Lady Macbeth', Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Drawing of a seated woman with various figures around her

Pen and ink and sepia wash on paper, drawn about 1875, 46.7 x 61.6cm, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

Lady Macbeth's death occurs offstage in Shakespeare's play.

Rossetti therefore constructs the composition using elements of her last appearance, when she is observed obsessively rubbing her hands, imagining that they are bloodstained, and crying, "Out, damn'd spot! Out, I say!"

This subject may have struck a chord with Rossetti, still troubled by guilt about Elizabeth Siddal's death.