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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.[link]
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
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).
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