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Samuel Palmer. 1805-1881.

The Homeward Star. 1883. Etching. Lister 14.ii/iv. Image 3 15/16 x 5 15/16; plate 5 1/4 x 7 3/8; sheet 8 x 12 1/4. As issued, with lettering, in the second (small paper) edition An English Version of the Eclogues of Virgil. The plate was commenced by Samuel Palmer and finished after his death by his son, A.H. Palmer, and issued 1883. A rich, tonal impression printed on cream wove paper. Signed in the plate. $950.

This etching was designed to accompany Samuel Palmer’s translation of Virgil's verse:

Untimely lost, and by a cruel death,
The Nymphs their Daphnis mourn'd with faltering breath.
O bowers of hazel, waters murmuring hoarse,
Ye heard that mother's cry; she, the dear corse
Embracing in a long, a last caress,
Planets and gods rebuked as pitiless.

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