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(Illustration for Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam) The Vain Pursuit

1883-1884 Elihu Vedder Born: New York, New York 1836 Died: Rome, Italy 1923 chalk, pencil, ink and watercolor on paper sheet: 19 1/8 x 14 3/4 in. (48.5 x 37.4 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase and gift from Elizabeth W. Henderson in memory of her husband Francis Tracy Henderson 1978.108.18 Not currently on view


Keywords

Architecture Interior - science - laboratory

Figure male - waist length

Literature - Khayyam, Omar - Rubaiyat

Object - foliage

Occupation - occult - alchemist

drawing

crayon - chalk

ink

paint - watercolor

pencil

paper