In his diary, Delacroix wrote that when he leaves his inspiration, he takes one of his favorite books off the shelf and begins reading it, knowing for sure that reading will spur his tired imagination. Literature for the artist has always existed somewhere near painting.
It is from literature that he borrowed stories for his paintings. More than any other, Delacroix loved English authors, and this undoubtedly was influenced by the friend of his youth, the artist Richard Bonington. His place in this hobby was occupied also by the trip of Delacroix himself to England in 1825. It is known that here he visited the London theater to watch Hamlet.
English literature on the part of the borrowed Delacroix plots is almost dominant – among the authors we love, we find Shakespeare, Robert Burns, Walter Scott and, of course, Byron, who prompted the artist the themes of his two “bloodiest” paintings – “The Death of Sardanapal” and ” Execution of the Doge Marina Falleero. “