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A chance to see Orlando Greenwood’s illustrations for the Rubaiyat

February 25, 2019

A little while ago, we heard from Danton O’Day about some previously unknown illustrations for FitzGerald’s Rubaiyat by the British artist Orlando Greenwood (1892-1989) – see https://omarkhayyamrubaiyat.wordpress.com/2019/01/19/orlando-greenwood-and-the-rubaiyat/.  Danton has now presented six black and white illustrations by Greenwood in a video on YouTube.  He writes as follows.

I just published a YouTube video of illustrations of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, by the renowned British artist Orlando Greenwood. These previously unknown pictures are introduced for the first time and linked to the quatrains they illustrated. Contact with international art experts and museums suggest the existence of these pictures were previously unknown. Some of the pictures are reminiscent of those done by Rembrandt. Enjoy the pictures as you learn what inspired them in this narrated video with music soundtrack. One wonders why a book was never published with these images.

The link to the video is https://youtu.be/lON_h6YMlHk .  The illustrations are well worth studying.  Our thanks to Danton for sharing them in this way.

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