The Monument in Arcadia: a dramatic Poem, in two Acts...…

The Monument in Arcadia: a dramatic Poem, in two Acts... by KEATE, George.

~ The Monument in Arcadia: a dramatic Poem, in two Acts... London: Printed for J. Dodsley... 1773.

4to (242 × 183 mm), pp. x, [2], 43, [1]; complete with half-title; a few marks to the first and last pages; disbound.

First edition, dedicated to Viscountess Primerose: ‘one of those productions which cannot fail of giving pleasure to a reader of taste and sensibility’ (Critical Review). It was printed by William Bowyer.

Keate was a painter as well as a poet, a founder member of the Society of Artists (1761) and, though he was never an academician, contributed nearly thirty paintings to Royal Academy exhibitions. This verse drama was inspired by Poussin’s ‘Les Bergers d’Arcadie’, in which shepherds contemplate the inscription ‘Et in Arcadia ego’. Jackson, p. 21.

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