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Maker(s):Spruance, Benton
Culture:American (1904-1967)
Title:The Spirit Spout from the portfolio Moby Dick/Passion of Ahab
Date Made:1965-1967
Place Made:North America; United States
Measurements:Sheet: 16 in x 22 in; 40.6 cm x 55.9 cm
Accession Number:  MH 1971.164.17.I(b).RII
Credit Line:Gift of Mrs. Stuart Otto (Margaret Glover, Class of 1924)
Museum Collection:  Mount Holyoke College Art Museum

Part of portfolio of 26 lithographs and accompanying book by Lawrance Thompson.
Text from accompanying book by Lawrance Thompson, 17: The Spirit-Spout:

It was while gliding
through these latter waters that
one serene and moonlight night,
when all the waves rolled by
like scrolls of silver...
a silvery jet was seen
far in advance of the white bubbles
at the bow.
Lit up by the moon, it looked celestial;
seemed some plumed and glittering god
uprising from the sea...
Advancing still further and further in our van,
this solitary jet seemed for ever
alluring us...
cast by one self-same whale;
and that whale Moby Dick.
For a time, there reigned, too
a sense of peculiar dread
at this flitting apparition, as if it were
treacherously beckoning us on and on,
in order that the monster
might turn round upon us,
and rend us last
in the remotest and most savage seas.

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