The Death of ArciteNo. 2 of Macklin's British Poets Vide Chaucers Palamen & Arcite moderniz'd by Dryden.
London. Pubd. Feby. 20. 1790 by Thos. Macklin, Poets Gallery, Fleet Street.
Stipple engraving with etching, printed in colours, 430 x 500mm. Water stain into plate upper right corner.
Arcite on his deathbed, wounded in a joust he held with his sworn brother Palamon to compete for the love of Emelye. She stands beside the bed, her hand in his, removing her veil, while Palamon approaches on the right and Theseus sits watching on the left. Illustration from 'Palamon and Arcite' by John Dryden (1631 - 1700), based on Chaucer's Canterbury Tales (Tale of the Knight). Published by Thomas Macklin (c.1760 - 1800) for his series of 'British Poets', begun in 1787.
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