Love and Death (after George Frederic Watts, R.A., H.R.C.A. 1817 - 1904). 1900. Mezzotint. Hardie 71 between i and ii. 24 1/2 x 12 (sheet 27 1/4 x 13 3/ 8). Edition 350 in state one. London, Published May 1st 1900 by Robert Dunthorne,5 Vigo Street, London W. Rubbing and discoloration from a previous mat in the margins, well outside the image. A rich proof printed on Japon paper. Signed in pencil by Watts and by Short. $1,400.
The oil painting, illustrated on the left, is in the Tate Gallery.
Winged Love, in a doorway, with right hand outstretretched, is trying to bar the entry of white-robed Death. A fine mezzotint after the painting by Watts inspired by the early death of his friend, William Schomberg Robert, the 8th Marquis of Lothian (1832-1870), a distinguished Christ Church scholar.
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