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(Illustration for Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám) In the Beginning

1883-1884 Elihu Vedder Born: New York, New York 1836 Died: Rome, Italy 1923 chalk, pencil and watercolor on paper sheet: 17 5/8 x 13 1/4 in. (44.8 x 33.8 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase and gift from Elizabeth W. Henderson in memory of her husband Francis Tracy Henderson 1978.108.43 Not currently on view


Allegory - religion - good and evil

Landscape - garden

Literature - Khayyam, Omar - Rubaiyat

Object - written matter - poem

Religion - angel

Religion - Old Testament - Eve


crayon - chalk

paint - watercolor