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The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. With Illustrations from Life Studies by Adelaide Hanscom and Blanche Cumming

Object Details

Title:

The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. With Illustrations from Life Studies by Adelaide Hanscom and Blanche Cumming

Artists/Makers:

Edward Fitzgerald

Adelaide Hanscom (American, 1876 - 1932)

Blanche Cumming (American, active 1900s)

Place:

London, England (Place Created)

Date:

1912

Medium:

Four-color collotype

Object Number:

84.XL.738.1

Copyright:

Status unknown, research required

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Object Description

Adelaide Hanscom undertook the project of illustrating Omar Khayyám's popular Rubáiyát around 1903, using many notable Bay Area literary figures and artists as her models. The sittings with Hanscom became highly sought-after, and the project was a major professional success for her.

The photogravure process complements the Pictorialist aesthetic with its softened edges and sepia tones. Hanscom's use of the tondo, or circular form, demonstrates the influence of Renaissance art in her work. This image came from a later edition of the book and is probably based upon a hand-colored photograph by Hanscom or her studio partner Blanche Cumming.

Provenance
Provenance
- 1984

Samuel Wagstaff, Jr., American, 1921 - 1987, sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1984.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
The Heart of the Storm: Northern California Pictorialism (September 13 to November 27, 1994) (See image assigned to book (R981201.0027))
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), September 13 to November 27, 1994
Bibliography
Bibliography

Pictorialism in California: Photographs, 1900-1940, with essays by Michael G. Wilson and Dennis Reed, exh. cat. (Malibu, Calif.: J. Paul Getty Museum: Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery, 1994).