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Percy John Delf Smith, R.D.I. 1882-1948.

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1. Death Forbids. 1921. Etching and drypoint. 7 7/8 x 9 7/8 (sheet 10 1/4 x 13 1/2). Series: 'The Dance of Death 1914-1918,' #1. Edition 100, #36. Remnants of glassine hinges; otherwise fine condition. A rich impression with velvety drypoint burr, printed on cream wove paper. Signed and titled in pencil. $20,000 the complete set.

Campbell Dodgson, C.B.E., Keeper of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum wrote: " Death Forbids isthe title of the first etching. Pinned down, under a fallen tree, in the midst of a tangle of barbed wire, a soldier, still alive but powerless to move, sees in the distance a party of stretcher bearers carrying off a more fortunate comrade from the battlefield. He calls and gesticulates in vain' Death touches his agitated hand with a firm gesture of restraint." Print Collector's Quarterly 8 (1921): 325.

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