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Another Rubaiyat illustrator – Helen McKenzie Sinclair 1892-1986

November 14, 2016

helensinclair1116The number of artists known to have made illustrations for verses of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam keeps on expanding.  Bob Forrest has been exploring the life and works of Helen Mckenzie Sinclair (1892-1986) who, he has established, created a number of black and white images and at least two oil paintings with titles linked to Rubaiyat quatrains.  These were all shown in an exhibition at the Walker’s Galleries, London, in 1914, but little is known about what happened to this artwork afterwards.

Bob Forrest has posted the full results from his research, with many more details about the life and work of Helen Sinclair, on his web site;  see  He has included reproductions of some of Helen Sinclair work, one example of which is shown right.  The article tells a fascinating story and we hope it may lead to finding out more about the current location of the work of a fine artist.  Our thanks to Bob for sharing his findings with other Rubaiyat enthusiasts.

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  1. LCH permalink
    November 14, 2016 6:58 pm

    Thank you for another interesting post. Illustrations created over the years by the many artist leave visual trail to follow A personal point of view within their particular bubble of time In an effort to express that something about the Rubaiyat So difficult to describe in with words. Linda Carter Holman

    Sent from my iPad


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