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Creator Name: Vedder, Elihu
Creator Nationality: North American; American
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1836 USA-1923 Italy
Creator Name-CRT: Elihu Vedder
Title: (Illustration for Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám) The Inevitable Fate
Title Type: Title
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1883
Creation End Date: 1884
Creation Date: 1883-1884
Object Type: Drawings and Watercolors
Materials and Techniques: chalk and pencil on paper
Dimensions: sheet: 17 1/2 x 13 1/2 in. (44.4 x 34.4 cm.)
Inscriptions: center right in chalk: V.right in pencil: 55/Would you that spangle of Existencespend/About The Secret--quick about it Friend!/A Hair perhaps divides the False and True--/And upon what, prithee, does Life depend?/56/A Hair perhaps divides the False and True;/Yes; and a single Alif were the clue--/Could you but find it--to the Treasure-house,/Andperadventure to The Master too;/57/Whose secret Presence, through Creation's veins/RunningQuicksilver-like eludes your pains;/Taking all shapes from Máh to Máhi; and/They chargeand perish all--but He remains;/58/A moment guess'd--then back behind the Fold/Immerst ofDarkness round the Drama roll'd/Which for the Pastime of Eternity,/He does Himselfcontrive, enact, behold.mount upper left in pencil: Freddo Ho (symbol) 5
AMICA Contributor: Smithsonian American Art Museum
Owner Location: Washington, DC, USA
ID Number: 1978.108.28
Credit Line: Museum purchase and gift from Elizabeth W. Henderson in memory of her husband Francis TracyHenderson
Copyright: Smithsonian American Art Museum
AMICA ID: SAAM.1978.108.28
AMICA Library Year: 2001
Media Metadata Rights:
Courtesy of Smithsonian American Art Museum
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