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The Oak in Penshurst Park.
The Oak in Penshurst Park. Under which Sir Philip Sydney is said to have composed his Arcadia.
WB del Nov. 16th 1809.
Aquatint with engraving. 325 x 255mm (12¾ x 10"), with large margins top and bottom. Trimmed to plate at sides.
A blasted oak with a door-size entrance into its trunk, cows grazing. Underneath is a ten-line verse praising the oak, signed 'F.D.C'. In 1977 Blackwell’s Antiquarian Department suggested that the artist was William Blake; an article in 'Blake: An Illustrated Quarterly' (1979) discusses the possibility and discounts it on stylistic grounds, although suggests the author of the verse was Frances Dorothy Cartwright (1780-1863).
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