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December 14, 2009



Rubáiyát Exhibition Opens

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.…

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!


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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*
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, Katherine.
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]
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.
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
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.
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, Cecilia!

Yes, what a pity. :(
ArchArad Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009
That's great news Niroot - I hope that the exhibition is a huge success! :clap:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, Shelagh!
savageworlds Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009
Well deserved congratulations!
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