I took her hand and we walked softly out into the moonlight
Medium: Charcoal and ink on illustration board
Dimensions: composition (top): 20 1/4 × 18 7/8 in. (51.4 × 47.9 cm)
sheet: 26 15/16 × 21 1/4 in. (68.4 × 54 cm)
Illustration Citation: Pieces of Eight, by Richard le Gallienne (A. L. Burt Company: NY, 1918). Originally published by Doubleday, 1918
Credit Line: F. V. du Pont Acquisition Fund, 1992
About: This fictional story takes place in Nassau, Bahamas, in 1903 when it was a British colony. The narrator tells how - while hunting for hidden pirate gold - he meets a mysterious young woman named Calypso (seen here with him), an encounter which leads to kidnappings and other wild adventures before the treasure is revealed and he marries Calypso. The two figures under the illustration are characters that appear in the book.
Born in Liverpool, John Scott Williams enjoyed most of his career in New York. While he exhibited his paintings widely and completed murals and stained glass window designs, he was also known for his illustrations. He sometimes collaborated with his wife Clara Elsene Peck, another successful illustrator.
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