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Samuel Palmer. 1805-1881.

The Sepulchre. 1883. Original etching by Samuel Palmer, completed by his son. Lister 16 ii/iv. Image 3 15/16 x 5 15/16; plate 5 3 16 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. $500.

Of the four plates which Samuel Palmer left in an advanced state upon his death, The Sepulchre is thought to have been one of the two most complete. As with The Cypress Grove there is debate that Samuel Palmer left this plate either completed, or virtually completed, upon his death as proofs signed in pencil by him are said to exist.

This etching was inspired by the following lines from Virgil:

And while the troubled moon shrunk in and set,
The earth trembled, and the starless heaven was jet,
With such as I am crumbling in my hand,
Could he the sand and shadowy past command
At will, and while my senses crept with dread,
From a deep sepulchre call up the dead.

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