|Berenice, Queen of Egypt (1867) Frederick Sandys|
|Back end of a Sphinx...|
|Cleopatra John William Waterhouse|
|Lillie Langtry as Cleopatra|
Possibly the most famous play to involve Cleopatra would be the play by Shakespeare, but there are a host of plays and operas that included depictions of the Queen of Egypt. A 'character' began to emerge, a beautiful and tempting Queen, foreign yet familiar, ancient and modern.
|Cleopatra (1875) Lawrence Alma Tadema|
|Cleopatra (1885-1920) Margaret Cookesley|
|Cleopatra Testing Poisons on Condemned Prisoners Alexandre Cabanel|
|Cleopatra in Flight Charles Ricketts|
|The Death of Cleopatra Achille Glisenti|
|Cleopatra and the Asp Edward Poynter|
|The Death of Cleopatra Gaetano Previati|
|The Death of Cleopatra (1890) John Collier|
|Death of Cleopatra Reginald Arthur|
|Death of, oh well, you know by now (1874) Jean-Andre Rixens|
But it's history, so it's fine.