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Designed and cut by Jean Goodwin Ames, American, (1903–1986)
Printed by Arthur Ames, American, (1906–1976)
Verse by Eleanor Hammack Northcross, American
Palm Canyon, 1931
Ink on Paper
13 1/2 in. x 10 1/2 in. (34.29 cm x 26.67 cm)


Object Type: Print
Technique: Linocut
Creation Place: North America, America
Credit Line: Gift of Russell Ludwick, M.D.
Accession Number: 88.1.1f


Full Title: Palm Canyon, from 'Block Prints of the Southland'

Commentary
Part of a portfolio of eight prints, called "Block Prints of the Southland"

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No marks.

Medium
Colored ink on white paper, woodblock.

Object Description
Palm trees stand beside a narrow stream. One of eight linocuts with poems by Eleanor Hammack Northcross.

The palm tree is an alien thing, It never feels the riot of spring Plunge through its veins to burgeoning.

Does it envy its neighbors? Would it wear A web of lace on its stubborn hair Like the elderberry? Does it care

That live oak and alder and sycamore Whisper together all the store Of canyon gossip they adore?

Aliens, all, a sullen row, The palm trees watch the small stream flow. Do they rasp out a threat to the valleys below?

Do they mutter the fate of other lands Where nomads roam in scattered bands Over wastes of burning sands?

-E. H. Northcross

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