Home is the hunter

And the Hunter Home from the Hill - poss needlework design

‘And the hunter home from the hill.’

‘Requiem’

Under the wide and starry sky,
Dig the grave and let me lie.
Glad did I live and gladly die,
And I laid me down with a will.
This be the verse you grave for me:
Here he lies where he longed to be;
Home is the sailor, home from the sea,
And the hunter home from the hill.

Robert Louis Stevenson

Design by Paine for purpose unknown.   Inscribed ‘Hospitality’ in bottom right hand corner.   Possibly for an advertisement.   The similarity to the preliminary design for the greetings telegram in the previous post suggests a connection with the Royal College of Needlework.   Paine had a connection with Stevenson through his friendship with Teuila, Stevenson’s step-daughter, who attended his art classes in Santa Barbara.   (‘Chronology’ October 9, 2017)   Seventeen letters from Teuila to Paine 1936-48 are held by the National Library of Scotland in Edinburgh and are a valuable source of information about his personal and professional life.

(cf. post October 21, 2018)

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