English Poetry Library Card Art Set / art gift / literary gift / vintage library cards / original art / original illustration



Three ink drawings on vintage library cards, on the theme of English poetry! Oh God let the preening and intellectual cloudiness begin. "If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry," said Emily Dickinson. And she was American!

The titles of these three vintage cards are:

Phases of English Poetry by Herbert Edward Read

Heroic Poetry by Sir Cecil M Bowra

A New Study of English Poetry by Henry Newbolt

Depicted are John Milton, the coy mistress of Andrew Marvell's poem, and an awestruck hero/knight.

He whose face gives no light, shall never become a star.
~ William Blake

Have a friend who loves epic poetry? What could make a better, more original gift?

These days, library sign-out cards are curiosity items –– something that you occasionally still find in the back of an older library book (and something you bore your kids with, telling them about the old days of paper and signatures and stamps). So, in a bit of recycling-meets-vintage, I take these obsolete things and repurpose them as art, with original ink drawings working in concert with the card's marks and history.

They work fantastically well as bookmarks, as gifts tucked into greeting (or Christmas) cards, or as frameable art in their own right.

Attractively packaged in clear plastic sleeves with a decorative card tops.

These are vintage cards, with sign-out dates going back to the fifties and sixties.

The drawings are wholly original, done freehand, directly onto the cards, in acrylic wash and ink.

Mailed with heavy card or board so they won't bend in transit.

Everything shipped comes with an extra art surprise.

And remember: every thing, every soul, becomes dyed with the colour of its use, its thoughts, the world.


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