HAPPINESS. A QUOTATION FROM NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE.

([United States]: 1938). 305 x 235 mm. (12 x 9 1/4"). Single column, 18 lines of text in an extremely fine calligraphic hand.

In an attractive gilt frame. Title ("Happiness") in brushed gold capitals at the top, three line fillers in colors and gold, A LARGE AND ORNATE SEVEN-LINE FOLIATED INITIAL "H" in brushed gold on a background of blue, red, and green, the letter entwined with a gold vine sprouting bright gold trefoils; the quotation enclosed by a gold bar border WITHIN A WIDE FRAME OF TWINING GOLD VINES in a Celtic style on a background of blue, green, and red, the stems sprouting many bright gold leaves, the whole within a delicate red penwork border. Signed and dated by Lester Fields. In immaculate condition.

This beautiful leaf, executed with exacting precision, is the work of Lester Lincoln Fields (fl. 1930s), an American calligrapher and illuminator who was named a Master Penman in the Penman's Hall of Fame. Little seems to be known of his life, though one does see exhibits of his illuminated works at calligraphers' conferences from time to time. The Hawthorne quote here reads, "Happiness in this world, when it comes, comes incidentally. Make it the object of pursuit, and it leads us [on] a wild-goose chase, and is never attained. Follow some other object, and very possibly we may find that we have caught happiness without dreaming of it; but likely enough it is gone the moment we say to ourselves, 'Here it is!' like the chest of gold that treasure-seekers find." The work is careful, elegant, and altogether attractive.
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HAPPINESS. A QUOTATION FROM NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE. ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT LEAF ON VELLUM - MODERN, LESTER L. FIELDS, Scribe and Illuminator.
HAPPINESS. A QUOTATION FROM NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE.

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