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The Prayer

A work made of etching and engraving in yellow, blue, red, and black on paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of etching and engraving in yellow, blue, red, and black on paper.

Date:

1795

Artist:

Charles-Melchior Descourtis
French, 1753-1820

About this artwork

In this print the other characters keep the discovery of Virginie’s body a secret from Paul, because he has been inconsolable in the weeks since the shipwreck. This scene shows Paul, Domingue, and the narrator praying near the church where, unbeknownst to Paul, Virginie has already been buried. In the coming months, most of the characters will succumb to illness, insanity, or death as they are consumed by their grief, leaving only the narrator to recount the story.

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

Charles Melchior Descourtis

Title

The Prayer

Origin

France

Date

Made 1795

Medium

Etching and engraving in yellow, blue, red, and black on paper

Dimensions

375 × 412 mm (image); 420 × 475 mm (sheet, cut within platemark)

Credit Line

The Joseph Brooks Fair Collection

Reference Number

1926.480

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