"raging back and forth like a beardless Lear"

Public Domain"King Lear in the Storm," Benjamin West
A reference to the title character of William Shakespeare’s “King Lear,” who in the middle of the play goes outdoors during a storm and shouts and curses at the sky.

This painting of “King Lear in the Storm” was executed by Benjamin West (1738-1820), a native of the American colonies who was active during the Revolution and would eventually become the second president of the Royal Academy in London. West did this painting in 1788 for the Boydell Shakespeare Gallery.