Wine Is A Villain, Make No Doubt [Temperance Poem]. Hugh McCrae, Aust.
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Wine Is A Villain, Make No Doubt [Temperance Poem]

c1920s. Ink and wash, signed lower left, “H. Fleming” framing label attached to backing verso, 23.4 x 15.7cm. Slight foxing, minor missing portions or tears to edges, old mount burn, laid down on original glue-stained backing.

Text continues “Who bolts and bans young Cupid out / Love’s of a lustre which but shine / Brightlier when it shuts out wine / Count girls, and books, and flowers your friends / Money and wine the least of ends.”

“A man of great charm and attractiveness, enhanced by his classical good looks, McCrae was a rare human being with a ‘Rabelaisian sense of humour.’ He delighted his family and friends with innumerable letters and notes, written in beautiful calligraphy and adorned with marginal drawings of ‘striking boldness and clarity of line’; they constitute a major part of his claims to fame. His prose was distinguished by fastidious choice of words, invention, humour and irony.” Ref: ABD.

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Item #CL187-117

Price (AUD): $2,200.00  Other currencies

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