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Samuel Palmer

1805 – 1881

Moeris and Galatea by Samuel Palmer

Moeris and Galatea   1880/83

  Original etching by Samuel Palmer, completed by his son.
Signed in the plate.
Ref: Lister E17 ii/iv
S 214 x 312 mm; P 133 x 189 mm; I 100 x 152 mm
Very fine impression, as issued for An English Version of the Eclogues of Virgil in 1883.

Samuel Palmer had planned a series of ten etched illustrations to accompany the publication of his translation of An English Version of the Eclogues of Virgil as his last major project. However, by the time of his death in 1881, only one etching had been completed. He left the plate of Moeris and Galatea and three other etched plates in an advanced state, but still uncompleted. The final details of this etched work were completed by A.H. Palmer according to his father’s instructions.

This etching was designed to accompany Samuel Palmer’s translation of the following passage from Virgil’s verse:
Then, to our goats at milking-time return
O’er breezy heather-bells and slopes of vine;
The cream-bowl set and in our cave recline,
(Its brows with poplar shaded, watch the West),
And timely, with the sun, together rest.

On cream laid paper with wide margins. Excellent original condition.