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A wonderful inspiration for artists, When Earth's Last Picture is Painted by Rudyard Kipling, done in letter press, with colored illustrations in art nouveau style. The text of the poem is:

When Earth's last picture is painted
And the tubes are twisted and dried
When the oldest colors have faded
And the youngest critic has died
We shall rest, and faith, we shall need it
Lie down for an aeon or two
'Till the Master of all good workmen
Shall put us to work anew
And those that were good shall be happy
They'll sit in a golden chair
They'll splash at a ten league canvas
With brushes of comet's hair
They'll find real saints to draw from
Magdalene, Peter, and Paul
They'll work for an age at a sitting
And never be tired at all.
And only the Master shall praise us.
And only the Master shall blame.
And no one will work for the money.
No one will work for the fame.
But each for the joy of the working,
And each, in his separate star,
Will draw the thing as he sees it.
For the God of things as they are!

Framed under glass -- frame shows wear and there is some slight discoloration in the upper left corner (see the 4th photo.) Measures ~8.5"x5"x.75". All of the items in this shop are vintage and sold as is, so please look closely at the photos to be sure you love it before purchasing!

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Vintage Rudyard Kipling poem, letter press, framed, art nouveau, inspirational, for the joy of working, When Earth's Last Picture is Painted


Overview

  • Vintage item from the 1920s
  • Material: vintage print
  • Only ships within United States.
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  • Favorited by: 4 people