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Journal Entry: Mon Dec 14, 2009, 7:51 AM
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The exhibition celebrating the 150th anniversary of Edward Fitzgerald's translation of the Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyam opens today at the British Library.
www.bl.uk/whatson/exhibitions/…

I mentioned several journal entries ago that I was first told all of  my Rubáiyát illustrations will be exhibited. However, each time the production manager at The Folio Society spoke to the British Library, the number got reduced.  We got from all sixteen illustrations to ten or eight.  Eventually, it had to be further reduced to six.  Four originals and two to be enlarged on display panels.  There isn't enough room for all of them, besides the other wonderful exhibits from a few past masters who have tried their hand at this extraordinary poem, and other treasures connected with it.  But I'm not disappointed.  It is still such an honour that my work should be exhibited there at all; and considering the company I shall be keeping - such as William Morris and the iconic 'Great Omar', the staggeringly magnificent jewelled binding made by Sangorski and Sutcliffe (the original of which sank with the Titanic) - I'm little more than a mere whippersnapper.

Two of my illustrations accompanied this article about the exhibition in The Times on Friday:
'Passionate Persian' by Himmapaan

slightlytriangle, creamykiwi86 and I are planning a visit to the exhibition at some point towards the end of this week.  Perhaps we will return with photographs (assuming they permit such things there).

Thank you!

Niroot
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:iconkatira:
Katira Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2009
That is wonderful, Niroot. Congratulations. You thoroughly deserve the recognition. And that sounds like a lovely exhibition! *misses Europe and museums*
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, Katherine.
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:iconflynn-the-cat:
Flynn-the-cat Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I must remind my UK relatives :D
Also, the article (although not the images) are online here [link]
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Ooh, thank you. I did look for that online on Friday but couldn't find it. Perhaps I needed to wait a while.
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:iconflynn-the-cat:
Flynn-the-cat Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad to be of service ^_^

Also, my mother spoke to my aunt this morning (Christmas evening for you) and she did go to see the exhibition. I believe she enjoyed it - I'll have to speak to her directly, and obtain her report! ;P
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:iconcabepfir:
cabepfir Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
If only it had opened two weeks earlier, i could have visited it as well!
Congratulations, indeed.
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, Cecilia!

Yes, what a pity. :(
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:iconarcharad:
ArchArad Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009
That's great news Niroot - I hope that the exhibition is a huge success! :clap:
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, Shelagh!
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:iconsavageworlds:
savageworlds Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009
Well deserved congratulations!
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:iconmooing-duckerberry:
mooing-duckerberry Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! That's amazing! Is it a silly thing to ask for photos? Probably... Oh well. Congratulations. :)
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. :) We'll try to take pictures if they allow them.
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:iconmooing-duckerberry:
mooing-duckerberry Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Huzzah!
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SethFitts Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Indeed this is an honor! Congratulations to you! Sorry for the number of pieces being reduced but I think that is the nature of these types of exhibitions (and other exhibits). Too bad all of the wonderful work you did on this will not be seen at the British Library.
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, Seth!

Never mind, I hope they've chosen the best ones. :D In many ways, I'm a little relieved, I think. I won't feel quite so much of an imposter. :giggle:
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:iconirethkalt:
irethkalt Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Hey, that's wonderful! Congratulations :w00t:
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:iconirethkalt:
irethkalt Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
:D
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:iconhagge:
Hagge Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009  Professional General Artist
Congratulations...such an honor...:nod: *bows* :)
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
:thanks: Thank you.
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:iconheliocyan:
Heliocyan Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009   Traditional Artist
Woot, I'll definitely go to see it! :)

It's on till the end of February!! So I will probably wait till the Christmas-shopping-madness comes to an end *it's total madness in the city at the moment* and see it in the new year..... great, something to look forward to!! :)

thanks to let us know!



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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. :)

I haven't braved the city yet, but I expect it would be much less of a nightmare at the British Library. I'll know soon enough when I visit. :giggle:
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KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
awesome! makes me wish i'd bought the Times.... ;p
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
All the way from the UK? :giggle:
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:iconkreepingspawn:
KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
if that's what it takes. :)
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evanjensen Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Alas, I am not in London, or I would surely attend as well. That's a particularly amazing set of company to keep, and I too would be floored by the honor alone.

Nice that they do plan on expanding large format images of your work, though. Keen stuff.

Hopefully they allow photography.
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!

I'm hoping they'll allow it, too...
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009  Professional General Artist
Man, I wish it were up a little longer! I would have loved to catch it, but I'm not yet sure when I'll be back in London :shakefist:
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Aw, what a pity. Thank you for the thought!
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009  Professional General Artist
Man, I wish it were up a little longer! I would have loved to catch it, but I'm not yet sure when I'll be back in London :shakefist:
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Ooooh, congrats, Niroot! :hug: (I think I'm using the word "oooooh" too much lately.) Pity they didn't feature all of the illustrations, but I guess that couldn't really be helped, could it?

And in The Times! :dance: It was bound to happen sooner or later. :D

I know I've said it a hundred times, but I do really wish I could go to said exhibition! :crying: *mournful sigh*
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, April!

What a shame. :( :hug:
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:iconaaronpocock:
aaronpocock Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009  Professional General Artist
congratulations Niroot!!!!!!!
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much, Aaron!!!
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:iconlostknightkg:
lostknightkg Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009
Congrats :clap:
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, Kris. :thanks:
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:iconlostknightkg:
lostknightkg Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009
:holly:
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:iconslightlytriangle:
slightlytriangle Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009
I'm so looking forward to seeing the exhibition :D
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
:D
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:iconteresaclark:
TeresaClark Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009  Professional General Artist
Good to have your treasures among other past treasures :D
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, Teresa!
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:icon1pen:
1pen Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009  Professional Photographer
Oh, I would have loved to be in attendance and to see the exhibition and your work in it, but I'm rooted here at the moment. Still, congratulations!! Bring back pictures! :heart:
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!

We'll try to take pictures, but we'll see if they allow that or not.
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:icon1pen:
1pen Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009  Professional Photographer
Oh that's true! Hadn't thought of that.
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charonferryman Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009  Student Photographer
Ah...everything about the article is great. A generous feature of your illustrations, Ken Russell writing, it appearing in the "Times" of course...hell, even the advert next to it is for what promises to be a great film.

Absolutely great for you - and absolutely deserved. I'm currently saving for a longer trip that's supposed to start in England, so maybe I'll even manage to start it in time to see the exhibition in person. I hope so.
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much, Sebastian. Haha, yes, I was pleased about the film advert too.

It would be wonderful if you can make it; I really hope so, too.
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JohnPatience Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009
I almost (but not quite) wish I still lived in London so that I could visit the exhibition.:)
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Hehe! Thank you, John.
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IleanaHunter Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
It's lovely seeing you in 'The Times'!!! :typerhappy: I'm so proud of you!


I was hoping I'd make it to the exhibition but it's all uncertain now :(
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