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Sir Walter Raleigh
Original Author: Charles Burt, engraver; after Emanuel G. Leutze painting
Created: 1846
Medium: Engraving
Publisher: Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division

Sir Walter Raleigh, Parting With His Wife

Sir Walter Raleigh, in chains in his prison cell, bids goodbye to his tearful wife in this 1846 engraving based on a painting by Emanuel G. Leutze. Raleigh’s books and a globe sit on a desk behind him. The English explorer and poet was beheaded in 1618; his wife, Bess, embalmed his head and kept it for the rest of her life.

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