Edmund Joseph Sullivan

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Edmund Joseph Sullivan
1869-1933
Grow old along with me The best is yet to be ...
1920
Pen and ink over graphite, on illustration board.
14 11/16 x 10 inches (373 x 253 mm)
Bequest of Gordon N. Ray, 1987.
1986.1604
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Signed and dated at lower right, "Edmund J. Sullivan. 1920"; at foot in pen and ink: Grow old along with me The best is yet to be The last of life, for which the first was made. (Browning.)

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From the library of Gordon N. Ray.
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Caption continues: The last of life, for which the first was made. (Browning.)
Original preliminary drawing by E.J. Sullivan, evidently intended as an illustration for an unidentified publication.

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Drawing shows a bearded old man dressed in a robe, standing with arms raised beneath a stand of palm trees; he is surrounded by various figures, some youthful, some elderly, including a couple dressed as fools at left.

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