Notes and Queries Index.

This section of the archive consists of material added to the website after its launch in March 2014. Articles are listed in order of completion / addition to the site, together with a date of addition to serve as a guide to what is new at any given time. A brief guide to the subject of each article is also given.

Martin Luther and Omar ? A look at the origins of the Omarian couplet, still from time to time falsely attributed to Luther, “Who loves not women, wine, and song / will stay a fool his whole life long.” [Added November 2014.]

The Isabel Hawxhurst Hall Rubaiyat. A look at the rare edition of The Rubaiyat published by the Alice Harriman Company of New York in 1911, and illustrated with some extraordinary charcoal drawings by the 23 years old artist, Isabel Hawxhurst Hall. [Added November 2014.]

Frank Chesworth and the “Clarion” Series of Omar Khayyam Postcards. A look at the six Rubaiyat-related postcards designed by the young artist Frank Chesworth in 1904 for the Socialist newspaper “The Clarion”. The article also looks at the keen interest of the paper's founder-editor, Robert Blatchford, in The Rubaiyat, as well as looking at a range of work by the little known and talented artist, Frank Chesworth, who committed suicide at the early age of 38. [Added November 2014.]

Rubaiyat for a Cotillon. A look at an edition of The Rubaiyat adapted for use in a series of seven masques or dance formations at an aristocratic party, probably somewhere near Edinburgh, on September 30th, 1909. [Added November 2014.]

Gilbert James. A look at the life and work of the artist and book illustrator Gilbert James. Though his Rubaiyat illustrations are well known from the many editions in which they appeared, little is generally known about his life. This article seeks to fill that gap, though it does not pretend to be anything like a full biography — and probably not a full bibliography of works illustrated by him either! The article also contains notes on Clement K. Shorter and Leonard Smithers. [Added May 2015.] With an Addendum on the fate of the originals of Gilbert James’s drawings and watercolours. [Added February 2017.]

Cecil G. Trew. A look at the life and work of the artist and book illustrator Cecil G. Trew – not a man, and not a pseudonym – whose illustrations of The Rubaiyat, The Book of Job and Benjamin Franklin’s Choosing a Mistress, all done in Los Angeles in the 1920s, contrast markedly with her later works, done back in England, and for which she is better known. [Added February 2016.]

David Eugene Smith. A version of The Rubaiyat put into verse by mathematician Smith, from translations by Hashim Hussein, and with illustrations by Rassam–i Arjangi. Published by the B. Westermann Company, New York, 1933. [Added October 2016.]

Helen Sinclair. A look at the life and work of this little–known artist, too few of whose Rubaiyat–related drawings and paintings have survived the ravages of Time. [Added November 2016.]

A Wisdenish Encyclopedia of Visual Kitsch ? A belated response to Robert Irwin’s review of Bill Martin & Sandra Mason’s book The Art of Omar Khayyam, but also a more general look at who has and who hasn’t illustrated The Rubaiyat in one form or another, including the top of a box of chocolates! [Added February 2017.]

Charles Conder & The Rubaiyat. A look at the Omarian elements in Conder’s paintings, his surviving drawings based on FitzGerald’s quatrains, and at the unillustrated 1891 Macmillan edition of The Rubaiyat which he illustrated by hand and gave to his friend Dugald MacColl. [Added July 2017.]

An Index to Ambrose George Potter’s Bibliography of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, compiled by Douglas Taylor. The inadequacy of the index in the Bibliography itself has long been a source of complaint. Douglas Taylor’s detailed index, compiled in the 1990s, is here made available online for the first time in a pdf format, Little information being available about Potter, it includes, as an Appendix, my own provisional biography of him. This is a corrected and updated version of the booklet produced for distribution at the Rubaiyat Research Day in Cambridge on July 9th 2016. [Added November 2017.]

Edward Heron–Allen: a walk on the wild side. A look at Heron–Allen’s condemnation of Baron Corvo’s homosexually slanted Rubaiyat & the notorious Venice Letters in the light of his own homoerotic tale of what he saw from his hotel window on holiday in Austria in 1931, a tale which has somehow survived, hand–written and clearly in draft form, on hotel notepaper. This is seen against a background of his fictional output generally, in particular the strange story of inter–species breeding, The Cheetah–Girl (1923), and his involvement in the publication of the lesbian novel Iraïs, by the enigmatic Carina Jacqueline M, in 1912. [Added December 2017.]

Edward Henry Whinfield: a Provisional Biography. Little is generally known about Whinfield, the civil servant and translator of Omar, and this brief biography is a first attempt to bridge that gap. [Added January 2018.]

William George Stirling. A provisional account of the life and work of Stirling, who illustrated both the enigmatic, opium–related, Lotus Library Rubaiyat in 1918, and the rather more orthodox, wine–related, Malay Rubaiyat of A.W. Hamilton in 1932. The later book was published openly bearing his name, but the earlier one bore only his initials in monogrammed form, which, intentionally or otherwise, hid his identity for many years. [Added July 2018.]

The Tale of Two Romany Rubaiyats. The story behind John Sampson’s translation into Welsh Romany and W.E.A. Axon & H.T. Crofton’s translation into English Romany. The story involves Augustus John, Francis Hindes Groome and George Borrow, not to mention Dante Gabriel Rossetti and the Gypsy Esmeralda, with whom Groome eloped in 1874. Not at all the dull story of scholarly translation one might expect, then! [Added October 2018.]