japonisme: just one more

30 April 2010

just one more


First I saw the white bear, then I saw the black;

Then I saw the camel with a hump upon his back;

Then I saw the grey wolf, with mutton in his maw;

Then I saw the wombat waddle in the straw;

Then I saw the elephant a-waving of his trunk;

Then I saw the monkeys—mercy, how unpleasantly they smelt!

William Makepeace Thackeray

early- to mid- 1800s
images from the same book

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Blogger Margaret said...

These block prints are so fabulous! Were they from a children's book?

01 May, 2010 10:24  
Blogger lotusgreen said...

sorry, yes, margraret. called tier abc (animal abc). i searched high and low for the rest of the letters and only then read the actual book and saw that he did only these 8.

now i have to remember to look up if the word 'stunk,' clearly substituted, use to be a bad word!

01 May, 2010 12:54  
Blogger laurence said...

C'est vraiment somptueux ...thank you

03 May, 2010 01:59  
Blogger lotusgreen said...

merci beaucoup, laurence. you're welcome.

03 May, 2010 07:02  
Blogger Yoli said...


04 May, 2010 10:08  
Blogger lotusgreen said...


04 May, 2010 10:50  
Blogger Dominic Bugatto said...

Lovely stuff as usual.

18 May, 2010 09:15  
Blogger lotusgreen said...

thank you, dominic. thanks for your visit.

18 May, 2010 22:06  

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