Printed by Arthur Ames, American, (1906–1976)
Verse by Eleanor Hammack Northcross, American
The Song of California, 1931
Ink on Paper
13 1/2 in. x 10 1/2 in. (34.29 cm x 26.67 cm)
Part of a portfolio of eight prints, called "Block Prints of the Southland"
Colored ink on white paper, woodblock.
Landscape of orange trees and tall pines with a white mountain range in the background. One of eight linocuts with poems by Eleanor Hammack Northcross.
The mocking bird sings the song of California; In love with living, all day long, From the top most bough of the tallest tree, He sings his song.
“Beauty, beauty, beauty, beauty, From Baldy’s peak to the unshadowed sea; Warm brown hills and dimpling valleys, Canyons and orchard lands—all for me!”
Now the song changes: “Color, color, Apricot, orange, persimmon and plum, Garnered sweet of the spendthrift summer, Painted like a flower for all who come.
“Forever, forever,” he sings, “forever, Flowers will be blossoming in the sun, The sky and the mountain will be lovers, Forever, forever, till time is done.”
-E. H. Northcross
Printed by Santa Ana Junior College, 1931.
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