Gray's Elegy.For thee, who, mindful of th'unhonour'd Dead. [...] Grav'd on the stone beneath yon aged thorn.
Loindon Publish'd June 27, 1799, by Tho.s Macklin, Poets Gallery, Fleet Street.
Stipple. Platemark: 435 x 505mm (17 x 19¾"). Very large margins. Light foxing in margins. Small tears along top and bottom edges. Puncture holes for binding into wrappers along left margin. Stain in lower right corner of title area.
A family on a bench in a churchyard at evening, their arms around each other, leaning forward to right to read the epitaph on a tombstone to right, as they listen to an old man sitting beside him, who gestures towards it as he speaks. An illustration to 'Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard' by Thomas Gray, completed in 1750 and first published in 1751. From Macklin's 'One hundred pictures/Prints illustrative of the most celebrated British Poets [...] with letter-press explanatory of the subject, extracted from the writings of the respective poets.'
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