Claude Allin Shepperson; Rubaiyat 1921
'Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam'
Artist pencil signed
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Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
(A Menu; President of the Omar Khayyam Club)
Claude Allin Shepperson; 1867-1921, British etcher, painter and illustrator. Born in Beckingham, Kent, he originally studied Law, but prefered art beginning his career as a landscape painter, he studied in Paris and in London under Frank Short and William Lee Hankey. Claude produced only 29 drypoints over a 15 year period and 21 lithographs.
After being commissioned to produce fairy paintings for Princess Mary's Gift Book, the images from the book where later used for the supposed photographs of the 'Cottingley Fairies', convincing many of the true existence of fairies and causing a scandal when the fraud was discovered.
After his untimely death from pneumonia and pleurisy, his plates were printed under the directions of his executors until the intended editions of 75 impressions of each were completed, these plates were then destroyed.
A fine chalk style lithograph which has bright and unfaded colouring, in sepia ink.
Printed on a wove paper sheet in the form of a menu and measuring 33 cms. x 22 cms. (13 x 9 ins.)
Signed in the image and pencil signed by the artist in the lower image.
Unframed and unmounted, the condition of the image and sheet is very good with a central fold and handling marks condusive with age.