Keat's Grave

William Bell Scott

 
Keat's Grave
4 0 c m
 
30cm
actual image size: 22cm x 32cm

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The poet John Keats (1795-1821) was buried in the New Protestant Cemetery in Rome on 26 February 1821. Arthur Severn arranged the tombstone, which bears the epitaph: THIS GRAVE CONTAINS ALL THAT WAS MORTAL OF A YOUNG ENGLISH POET WHO ON HIS DEATH-BED In the BITTERNESS of his HEART [at] the malicious power of his [enemies] desired these words to be engrav[ed] on his tombstone "HERE LIES ONE WHOSE NAME WAS WRIT IN WATER" Feby 24 1821.

image © Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

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