Current Facsimile Etching
26.4 x 25.3 cm
Publisher: Odana Editions
Norman Lindsay Etchings: Catalogue Raisonné (Odana Editions and Josef Lebovic Gallery, 2006, cat.84)
In 1920 Norman sent Hugh McCrae the etching Desire. It so affected McCrae that he wrote a new version of the poem Pantera, (the one which was ultimately published in Idyllia), dedicated to Rose. McCrae wrote:
I do not think I have told you the tremendous impression I received when I unwrapped Desire ... I sat at my desk with the feeling of a new aura mingling with my own. The sensation was so much a nervous one that my hands, my body and face became bathed in perspiration ... I was unable, as if pressed within an invisible frame, to draw a full breath; and when I reached for my pen and began to write the new Pantera I am certain it was with some volition other than my own.
The original etching of Pantera was included in the book Idyllia by Hugh McCrae, published by the N.L. Press in 1922. Etched in 1920, it was one of five original etchings included in Idyllia. Pantera illustrates a poem of the same name which was dedicated to Rose Lindsay.
Pantera is the first Facsimile Etching to be done from Idyllia, the fifth book in our series, which includes five original etchings. There are seven de luxe books in total which include original etchings.
Facsimile Etchings already produced from de luxe books are:
Creative Effort from the book of the same title
Our Earth from the book of the same title
Columbine from Colombine
Your Fate from The Etchings of Norman Lindsay
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