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Maker(s):Spruance, Benton
Culture:American (1904-1967)
Title:Sky Hawk from the portfolio Moby Dick/Passion of Ahab
Date Made:1965-1967
Place Made:North America; United States
Measurements:Sheet: 22 in x 16 in; 55.9 cm x 40.6 cm
Accession Number:  MH 1971.164.25.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, 25: Sky Hawk:

A sky-hawk that
tauntingly had followed
the main-truck downwards from its natural home
among the stars,
pecking at the flag,
and incommoding Tashtego there;
this bird now chance to intercept
its broad fluttering wing
between the hammer and the wood...
and so the bird of heaven,
with archangelic shrieks,
and his imperial beak thrust upwards,
and his whole captive form folded in the flag of Ahab,
went down with his ship,
which, like Satan,
would not sink to hell
till she had dragged
a living part of heaven with her...

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