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In the dull village / Fourteen Poems by C P Cavafy

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Title (object)

    • In the dull village

    Title (series)

    • Fourteen Poems by C P Cavafy
  • Description

    Two nude men lying in bed, covers up to their waists; illustration to the poem 'In the dull village'. 1966 Etching

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1966
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 350 millimetres
    • Width: 225 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Verso stamped with edition version B
  • Curator's comments

    See under 1981-12-12-8(1).

  • Bibliography

    • Sidey 471 bibliographic details
    • Scottish Arts Council 54 bibliographic details
    • MacGregor 2010 97 bibliographic details
  • Location

    British XXc Mounted Roy

  • Exhibition history


    2010-2011, London, BM/BBC, 'A History of the World in 100 Objects'
    2010 September - December, BM, History of the World
    2014 - 2016/17 History of the World in 100 objects, world tour

  • Associated names

  • Associated titles

    • Associated Title: Fourteen Poems
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  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

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