William and Margaret.Twas at the silent solemn hour when night and morning meet. In glided Margarets grimly ghost and stood and William's feet.
London Publish'd April 12th - 1785 by J. R. Smith No. 31. King Street, Covent Garden.
Mezzotint with large margins. Part printed in colour. Platemark: 450 x 545mm (17¾ x 21½").
The ghost of Margaret stands on the left, wrapped in a sheet, holding up her left hand to frighten the man who deserted her, who sits up, terrfied, in his four-poster bed, raising the sheets above his head with his right arm. From the celebrated ballad in 'Piercies Reliques of Antient English Poetry Vol. 3 XVI', (1765) by Thomas Percy, Bishop of Dromore (1729 - 1811), the first of the great ballad collections, which was responsible for the ballad revival in English poetry that was a significant part of the Romantic movement.
Ex collection of Christopher Lennox-Boyd. State II of III. Frankau: 377; D' Oench: 257 I of II; Clayton 1990: pg 26.
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