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Orleans and Isabelle
An original work by Norman Lindsay inscribed for his friend, the poet Hugh McCrae, illustrating a scene from McCrae's unfinished verse-drama, Joan of Arc. Watercolour on paper, 408 x 400 mm, signed and dated lower left 'Norman Lindsay 1921' and inscribed below by the artist 'to its creator...'; framed. This watercolour was painted by Norman Lindsay for his close friend Hugh McCrae during one of the most intense periods of their artistic collaboration. The two artists had first met in 1897 while working on The Bulletin and other periodicals, and Lindsay had later illustrated McCrae's first volume of poetry, Satyrs and Sunlight: Silvarum Libri, in 1909. Norman Lindsay arranged for the publication of another volume of McCrae's poems, Colombine, in 1920, with the entire proceeds of the deluxe edition - containing a Lindsay etching - going to the impoverished poet (McCrae was perennially broke). From 1920 McCrae worked on a verse-drama, Joan of Arc. He never completed it, although the second part was published in Art in Australia between December 1921 and May 1922 as Orleans and Isabelle, A Tragedy in Three Scenes, with woodcut initials designed by Lindsay. It was at this time (late 1921) that Lindsay painted this exquisite large format watercolour illustrating a scene from the second part of McCrae's Joan of Arc. The work bears a presentation inscription by the artist for McCrae. The following year, McCrae and Lindsay would privately publish Idyllia and in 1928, Satyrs and Sunlight : being the collected poetry of Hugh McCrae, which included Orleans and Isabelle, A Tragedy in Three Scenes from the unfinished Joan of Arc. Provenance: Norman Lindsay, gifted to Hugh McCrae; thence by descent through the McCrae family.
      [Bookseller: Douglas Stewart Fine Books]
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