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The Star

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The Star

Alvin Langdon Coburn

Artist Nationality
British (modern)

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
photogravure on paper

8 3/16 in x 6 in (20.8 cm x 15.24 cm);14 3/8 in x 19 3/8 in (36.51 cm x 49.21 cm);8 3/4 in x 6 7/16 in (22.23 cm x 16.35 cm)

Credit Line
Museum Purchase

Subject matter
This photograph by Alvin Coburn was included in H.G. Wells' collection of short stories, The Door in the Wall and Other Short Stories. This publication was a limited release of 600 copies, of which only 300 included photographs hand-pulled by Coburn. This was due to damage during shipping. The books were printed and assembled in Park Ridge, Illinois, at Goudy's Village Press, where Frederic Goudy produced his first of many successful typefaces, Kinnerly Old Style, specifically for this anthology. The book was printed by Mithcell Kennerley. Coburn's illustration, "The Star," accompanies a short story of the same name, in which a new star appears and collides with Neptune, then hurtles toward Earth, creating a catastrophic celestial event. This particular image references the men at sea, as they had no warning of the coming apocalypse.

Physical Description
A sailboat with its sails set aloft in the shape of two triangles is silhouetted against a cloudy sky illuminated by the sun. Reflections of the boat and sun reach into the foreground of the image toward the viewer. 

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Collection Area

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bodies of water (natural)
modern and contemporary art
sails (equipment)
suns (stars)
wave pattern

2 Related Resources

Celestial bodies
(Part of: Natural World)
(Part of: Exchange and Influence on Global Trade Routes)

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