From a Drawing, apparently in pencil and sanguine chalk, by Charles Sargeant Jagger, 1914. Source: McAllister 93. This is very much in the spirit of Jagger's early Bacchanalias (compare it to Spring, for example). It illustrates a verse from the 1859 version of Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám, which is printed below the picture in McAllister's article:

"How sweet is mortal Sovranty!" — think some:
Others — "How blest the Paradise to come!"
Ah, take the Cash in hand and wave the Rest;
Oh, the brave Music of a distant Drum!

It is interesting to see that involved in this scene of abandonment, just to the right side of it, an artist with a palette is busy painting. At the heart of the melée itself is a woman clinging to a man in a leopardskin (who is actually looking at the artist). Also to be seen are a cherubic Pan grasping his pipes, the grotesque face and upper part of a satyr, a woman picking grapes, and another woman at the far left, apparently singing.

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Related Material


McAllister, I. G. "Rising British Sculptor: Charles Sargeant Jagger." Studio International. Vol. 54 (Nov. 1914-Feb.1915): 84-99. Internet Archive. Contributed by Robarts Library, University of Toronto. Web. 3 June 2017.

Created 2 June 2017