Palmer, Samuel (1805-1881), 'Opening the Fold', Etching, 1880

'Opening the Fold', Etching, 1880

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Signed in pencil lower right.

It was Palmer’s long-held wish to publish his own translation of Virgil’s Eclogues. He wished to emphasise the ‘pastoral essence’ of the original, one of the greatest works of Latin poetry. The project was ultimately completed by his son Herbert, who published his father’s text illustrated with etchings and facsimiles of drawings, posthumously in 1883 and 1884. The artist only completed one etching for the book, 'Opening the Fold', which was published as a precursor by The Fine Art Society in 1880, illustrating Eclogue viii.

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Image Size 17.6 x 11.8 cm
Plate Size 23.2 x 16.4 cm
Paper Size 26.4 x 34.8 cm
Reference Lister 13, iv/x

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