Detail View: The AMICA Library: (Illustration for Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám) The Heavenly Potter

AMICA ID: 
SAAM.1978.108.23
AMICA Library Year: 
1998
Object Type: 
Drawings and Watercolors
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 Heavenly Potter
Title Type: 
Title
View: 
Full View
Creation Date: 
1883-1884
Creation Start Date: 
1883
Creation End Date: 
1884
Materials and Techniques: 
chalk, pencil, ink and watercolor on paper
Dimensions: 
sheet: 13 1/4 x 10 3/8 in. (33.6 x 26.3 cm.)
AMICA Contributor: 
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Owner Location: 
Washington, DC, USA
ID Number: 
1978.108.23
Credit Line: 
Museum purchase and gift from Elizabeth W. Henderson in memory of her husband Francis TracyHenderson
Inscriptions: 
lower left in chalk: Vupper left in pencil:43/For I remember stopping by the way/Towatch a Potter thumping his wet Clay,/And with its all-obliterated Tongue/It murmur'd-"Gently, Brother, gently,/pray."/ 44/Listen-a moment listen!-Of the same/Poor Earth fromwhich that Human Whisper came/The luckless Mould in which Mankind was cast/They didcompose, and call'd him by the name.45/And not a drop that from our Cups we throw/ForEarth to drink of, but may steal below/To quench the fire of Anguish in some Eye/Therehidden--far beneath, and long ago.mount upper right in pencil: No 9 Freddo
Copyright: 
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Rights: 
Related Image Identifier Link: 
SAAM.1978.108.23.tif