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lllustration to Quatrain 70 for the 150th anniversary edition of Edward FitzGerald’s translation of Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám, published by The Folio Society, in a limited edition of 1,000 copies, 2011. Watercolour and gouache on Arches cold pressed watercolour paper, 280 x 200mm.

Quatrain LXX

Indeed, indeed, Repentance oft before
I swore – but was I sober when I swore?
And then and then came Spring, and Rose-in-hand
My thread-bare Penitence apieces tore.

Happy Vernal Equinox! I’m off to Paris tomorrow for three days with a few friends to welcome the spring!