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- Object: Song to the evening star
Two men and two women, in simple clothes, one woman leaning against a man propped against the tree-trunk, who plays an accordion, the other with a picnic-basket, sitting on a grassy verge at dusk, overlooking fields, a lake and low hills beyond; artist's proof. 1917
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Height: 740 millimetres
Width: 505 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- This is a proof of a poster made in 1917 for the London Underground Electric Railway, one of four lithographs commissioned by Frank Pick, the company's commercial manager, to be displayed for troops in France. Jackson supervised the project, and the other three lithographs were designed by Charles Sims, Walter West, and George Clausen and himself. The published state of the poster bears the following text: at top, "The Underground Railways of London, knowing how many of their passengers are now engaged on important business in France and other parts of the world send out this reminder of home. The drawing is the free gift of F. Ernest Jackson"; below,
"Star that bringest home the bee,
And sett'st the weary labourer free!
If any star shed peace, 'tis Thou
That send'st it from above,
Appearing when Heaven's breath and brow
Are sweet as hers we love.
Come to the luxuriant skies,
Whilst the landscape's odours rise,
Whilst far-off lowing herds are heard
And songs when toil is done,
From cottages whose smoke unstirr'd
Curls yellow in the sun.
Star of love's soft interviews,
Parted lovers on thee muse;
Their remembrancer in Heaven
Of thrilling vows thou art,
Too delicious to be riven
By absence from the heart.
Song to the Evening Star. Thomas Campbell."
(Information from the artist's grand-daughter, Margaret Bear; the text transcribed from an impression in the Imperial War Museum).
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