In 1885, Anna Lea Merritt exhibited at the Royal Academy in London a painting executed in the Pre-Raphaelite manner. Entitled “Eve Overcome by Remorse,” the vibrantly colored, sensuous composition served as the source for this etching. “Eve” served as the “diploma plate” that Merritt donated to the London Society of Etchers upon her election to its membership.
She learned the art of etching to memorialize her late husband, British painter Henry Merritt. Twenty-three of her prints illustrated a book of his art criticism and fiction.