The Jumblies

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Technique
color woodcut
Image Size
20 x 22″ each image (set of 12)
Signature
pencil, lower right
Edition size
16 full editions total (many damaged or partially lost)
Annotations
titled & dated in pencil; inscribed imp
Paper
Japanese rice paper
Description

“The Jumblies” is a series of 12 color prints that illustrate an adaptation of the poem of the same name by Edward Lear. The first print in the series is the title page, followed by 11 story prints.

Far and few, far and few, are the lands were the Jumblies live: their heads are green and their hands are blue and they went to sea in a sieve.   They sailed away in a sieve, they did. In a sieve they sailed so fast, with only a beautiful pea-green veil tied with a ribbon, by way of a sail, to a small tobacco-pipe mast.   The water it soon came in, it did; the water it soon came in: so to keep them dry they wrapped their feet in a pink paper or folded neat; and they fastened it down with a pin.   And we passed the night in a crockery-jar and each of them said: "How wise we are! Though the sky be dark, and the voyage be long, yet we never can think we were rash or wrong while round in our sieve we spin."

This series was created in 1969 as Renata’s Masters Thesis project at Brown University.  One complete set of the prints was given to Brown University. Several complete sets are in the private collections of private owners, and some sets have been broken up and sold individually. Several sets have been damaged or lost. If you are aware of any complete undamaged editions of this work, please let us know.

Status
Complete sets owned by Brown University, Gill Williams, and Eugene Stevens. Partial sets are owned by a number of collectors. No prints are currently known to be for sale.

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