Annabel Lee

Artist:Edmund Dulac
Date:1912
Medium:Watercolor & Ink on Paper
Dimensions:Sight Size 10 3/4" x 14 3/4" Framed 22 1/2" x 28 1/2"
Condition:Excellent
Original Use:Illustration Plate for The Bells and Other Poems by Edgar Allan Poe - 1912 edition published by Hodder and Stoughton
Price:Sold
Full view of signed and dated 1912 painting

Full view of signed and dated 1912 painting

 

The artist's signature and date lower right

The artist's signature and date lower right

 

Framed and French matted behind glass in period Art Nouveau bat wing frame

Framed and French matted behind glass in period Art Nouveau bat wing frame

A sensational original signed and dated 1912 painting by Edmund Dulac published as the fourth plate in the Hodder & Stougton edition of The Bells and Other Poems by Edgar Allan Poe. A master of early 20th century illustrations, Dulac is known for his mysterious and compelling depictions of fairytales and imagined lands. Pictured is Annabel Lee conceived as a pre-Raphaelite maiden, set against a lush fantasy scape of her kingdom by the sea in an art nouveau reconception of a medieval forest and an enchanted castle. Her haunting mien echoes the poem's lovelorn refrain. Annabel Lee was the American author's last complete poem, and like many of Poe's poems it deals with idealized love while exploring the dark expanses of death.

Painting is housed in a period Art Nouveau gesso'd cornered bat wing antique frame and is handsomely French matted behind glass.

Detail

Detail

Annabel Lee
By Edgar Allan Poe

It was many and many a year ago,
In a kingdom by the sea,
That a maiden there lived whom you may know
By the name of Annabel Lee;
And this maiden she lived with no other thought
Than to love and be loved by me.

 

I was a child and she was a child,
In this kingdom by the sea
But we loved with a love that was more than love—
I and my Annabel Lee—
With a love that the wingèd seraphs of Heaven
Coveted her and me.

And this was the reason that, long ago,
In this kingdom by the sea,
A wind blew out of a cloud, chilling
My beautiful Annabel Lee;
So that her highborn kinsmen came
And bore her away from me,
To shut her up in a sepulchre
In this kingdom by the sea.

 

The angels, not half so happy in Heaven,
Went envying her and me—
Yes!—that was the reason (as all men know,
In this kingdom by the sea)
That the wind came out of the cloud by night,
Chilling and killing my Annabel Lee.

 

But our love it was stronger by far than the love
Of those who were older than we—
Of many far wiser than we—
And neither the angels in Heaven above
Nor the demons down under the sea
Can ever dissever my soul from the soul
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;

 

For the moon never beams, without bringing me dreams
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And the stars never rise, but I feel the bright eyes
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And so, all the night-tide, I lie down by the side
Of my darling—my darling—my life and my bride,
In her sepulchre there by the sea—
In her tomb by the sounding sea.

The Bells and other poems by Edgar Allan Poe, with illustrations by Edmund Dulac. Included in sale.

The Bells and other poems by Edgar Allan Poe, with illustrations by Edmund Dulac. Included in sale.

The Bells and other poems by Edgar Allan Poe, with illustrations by Edmund Dulac. Included in sale, featuring Annabel Lee.

The Bells and other poems by Edgar Allan Poe, with illustrations by Edmund Dulac. Included in sale, featuring Annabel Lee.

 

Frame profile and corner detail

Frame profile and corner detail

 

Verso view and notations likely in artist's hand

Verso view and notations likely in artist's hand



 

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