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Kate Elizabeth Bunce : “The Keepsake” (1898/1901)

Archival Inkjet on Matte Finish Fine Art Paper

The Ibis’s giclée process uses archival pigment inks on 100% cotton rag paper to achieve crisp detail and rich, lasting color. Unlike posters, they will not yellow with time, but will maintain their original quality for as long as you own them. If you are unhappy with your print for any reason, you are welcome to return it for a full refund.

Kate Elizabeth Bunce was a Birmingham artist whose work reflects the shared medievalism of the Pre-Raphaelites and the Arts and Crafts Movement. The Keepsake is based upon The Staff and the Scrip, a narrative poem by Dante Gabriel Rossetti in which a lowly pilgrim gives his life to the deliver the lands of Queen Blanchelys from an evil duke. The painting was exhibited with the quotation: “Then stepped a damsel to her side, / And spoke and needs must weep / For his sake, lady, if he died / He prayed of thee to keep / This staff and scrip.” The staff and scrip (pouch) were the standard equipment of the Christian pilgrim and are kept by queen as painful mementos of his sacrifice.

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