GRAHAM SUTHERLAND (1903-1982)
MODERN BRITISH (20th Century )
Illustration for Hyroglyphics of the Life of Man by Francis Quarles (United Kingdom, 1943)
Lithograph on paper, proof on two sheets prior to the edition of 50
Signed in pencil and dated '43
Francis Quarles, Hieroglyphikes 1637, Menston: Scolar Press Facsimiles 1978.
Malcolm Yorke, The Spirit of the Place. Nine Neo-Romantic Artists and their times, Constable, London 1988, The Blazing Taper on Lofty Hills, illustrated page 131
London, Graham Sutherland, an exhibition on loan at Olympia, 25 February - 2 March 2003
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Illustration for Hyroglyphics of the Life of Man by Francis Quarles
Ev’n so this little world of living clay,
The pride of nature, glorifi’d by art,
Whom earth adores and all her hosts obey,
Alli’d to heav’n by his divine part,
Triumphs awhile, then drops, &’then decays;
And, worn by age, death cancels all his days.
So have I seen th’ illustrious prince of light
Rising in glory from his crocean* bed,
And trampling down the horrid shades of night,
Advancing more and more his enqu’ring head;
Pause first, decline, at length begin to shroud
His fainting brows within a coal black cloud.
Hieroglyphics of the Life of Man published in 1637, was the sequel to Francis Quarles best-selling Emblems (1635) which was lavishly illustrated, containing five books of meditative verse. The poems are introduced by a scriptural motto, then a commentary based on quotations from various sources, and at the end closure is achieved with a short didactic epigram. To Francis Quarles an emblem is but a short parable and the verse puts the visual