JOHN DONNE


I used to play records when I was working. I happened onto this recording by Christopher Hassall, the English actor, of Donne on one side and Wordsworth on the other. As I listened, those poems literally began taking over my hand, and I began to draw those very romantic, although also somewhat macabre, wash drawings. I began making images to match the poems.


Hearing that marvelous voice, one would understand why I was moved to do the work. It was the music of it, the performance of it, and of course that marvelous combination of courtly and vernacular language. I didn't notice the religious connotations, because his sentiment was so physical.


I was vulnerable to these sonnets because of personal and family travails: my grandmother, mother, daughter and closest friend were all part of this grinding daily responsibility. So these moody drawings, which everybody loved so much, were triggered by anguish as well as love.


 


 

Breake of Day

Breake of Day

YEAR: 1958 SIZE: 15 X 22 SIGNED: LL W/IN IMAGE TITLED: NONE CANCELLATION PROOF ON RIVES BFK

Wayne used a rag soaked in benzene to create the light image out of a dark...

A Valediction: Of Weeping

A Valediction: Of Weeping

YEAR: 1958 SIZE: 15 X 22 SIGNED: LR W/IN IMAGE TITLED: LL W/IN IMAGE AP - PAGE FORMAT

Wayne's interpretation of the verse shows a woman cradling a man's head, surroun...

A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning

A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning

YEAR: 1958 SIZE: 22.5 X 20 SIGNED: LR W/IN IMAGE TITLED: LL W/IN IMAGE FULL SHEET ON RIVES BFK

This wash lithograph on zinc captures Donne's famed compass image labor...

Hexastichon Bibliopolae

Hexastichon Bibliopolae

YEAR: 1958 SIZE: 15 X 22 SIGNED: LR W/IN IMAGE TITLED: LL W/IN IMAGE CANCELLATION PROOF

Donne, who was ordained at St. Paul's Cathedral, London, in 1615 ad became its ...

The Anniversarie 2

The Anniversarie 2

YEAR: 1958 SIZE: 15 X 22 SIGNED: LL W/IN IMAGE TITLED: COVER E'preuve en cas de malhaus ON RIVES BFK, ARTIST AND PRINTER'S CHOP

One of several images inspired by the text of thi...

The Apparition

The Apparition

YEAR: 1958 SIZE: 15 X 22 SIGNED: OPPOSING PAGE TITLED: COVER UNSIGNED EXHIBITION PROOF ON RIVES BFK

Wayne's first two attempts to make this plate dissatified her. The...

The Canonization

The Canonization

YEAR: 1958 SIZE: 15 X 22 SIGNED: LL W/IN IMAGE TITLED: COVER E'preuve en cas de malhaus ON RIVES BFK, ARTIST AND PRINTER'S CHOP

Baskett writes that this was the first...

The Extasie

The Extasie

YEAR: 1958 SIZE: 30 X 22 SIGNED: OPPOSING PAGE TITLED: COVER E'preuve en cas de malhaus NACRE'

This color print, which extends across a double page of the book, deriv...

The Funerall

The Funerall

YEAR: 1958 SIZE: 15 X 22 SIGNED: OPPOSING PAGE TITLED: COVER REPLACEMENT PAGE ON RIVES BFK

For this sepulchral image of a body in a winding sheet, Wayne deliberately ...

The Good-Morrow

The Good-Morrow

YEAR: 1958 SIZE: 22.5 X 20 SIGNED: LR W/IN IMAGE TITLED: LL W/IN IMAGE FULL SHEET ON RIVES BFK

The final stanza of "The Good-Morrow" seems closest to the image:

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The Relique

The Relique

YEAR: 1958 SIZE: 15 X 22 SIGNED: OPPOSING PAGE TITLED: COVER E'preuve en cas de malhaus NACRE'

Thispoem takes the image from "The funerall" and treats it as ...

The Sunne Rising

The Sunne Rising

YEAR: 1958 SIZE: 15 X 22 SIGNED: LL W/IN IMAGE TITLED: COVER E'preuve en cas de malhaus ON RIVES BFK, ARTIST AND PRINTER'S CHOP

A scattering of sand under a mist of tusche via...

Twicknam Garden

Twicknam Garden

YEAR: 1958 SIZE: 22.5 X 20 SIGNED: LR W/IN IMAGE TITLED: LL W/IN IMAGE PROOF - FULL SHEET

Between 1607 and 1618, Donne's patron, Lucy, Countess of Bedford lived to the southwest of london ...

Song

Song

YEAR: 1958 SIZE: 15 X 22 X 1 SIGNED: SUITE TITLED: SUITE LIVRE DE ARTISTE

Wayne depicts the well-known first line of the first stanza of this poem.


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