This petite work on paper was hand printed and published by the artist at The Center for Works on Paper in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, which is associated with both the Fleisher Art School and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Please note that the etching is shipped to the collector without a frame or mat. This keeps the price low and allows the collector personal choice in mat selection and framing. A sturdy cardboard box is employed for shipping the work. The etching is first wrapped in two layers of acid free glassine and then placed between two archival boards. This is next placed into the shipping carton and securely packed with bubble wrap. The Absolute Arts Dot Com price includes all handling costs, shipment supplies, and the coast of the shipment box. Mailing costs are added. This intaglio and drypoint etching is based on a detail within an 1851 engraving by Alfred Rethel, who created the work based on the poetry of Heinrich Heine. Rethel was inspired to execute the image of Death playing a violin as a result of the fatal cholera outbreak at the Paris Carnival in 1832. The violin is constructed from the bones of dead humans. My intimate etching required two zinc plates, which were positioned on the printing press in a vertical format with a separation space between them. The individual plates needed four baths in nitric acid. They each measured 3 inches high by only 2 inches wide, or 7.6 cm x 5.08 cm, and the overall image size is slightly over 6.5 inches high by 2 inches wide, or 16.5 cm x 5.08 cm. The print size is eleven inches high by ten inches wide, or 28cm x 26cm. This is the FIRST OF FOUR Editions, printed in 2014, and contains only ten prints executed in French silver ink on STONEHENGE black paper from the UK. Additional editions will be printed after the September Full Moon of 2018.