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William Livesay  
A Derbyshire etcher exhibiting 1882-84

An Old River Course | William Livesay | Etching | Elizabeth Harvey-Lee

An Old River Course
176 x 251 mm

Etching, 1881. The plate signed and dated. Published in English Etchings Part 14. With the blindstamp in the margin at the bottom left. Printed in brown-black ink on cream laid paper. The full sheet, wide margins. Small defects at the sheet edges.


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The first of three landscapes produced by other artists in the year of Samuel Palmer’s death. They were issued in monthly parts, within paper folders, by the art journal English Etchings – A Monthly Publication of Original Etchings by English Artists, published by William Reeves, Fleet Street. The loose leaf etchings were each prefaced by a text describing the subject or by appropriate poetry.

An old River Course was described as follows on the Contents sheet of Part 14 of English Etchings

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The subject of this etching was found in what was formerly the bed of the river Dove in Derbyshire. It is now used as a duck decoy, and goes locally by the name of Sevastopool, for it was in the year 1855 that the river was diverted and the site planted and left to the wild-fowl.

Anyone strolling here in the winter twilight would hardly fail to call to mind Milton’s lines -

There, in close covert by some brook,
Where no profaner eye may look,
Hide me from Day’s garish eye.

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