Eleanor Farjeon and Olive Leared: Mythology in Word and Picture

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Olive Leared (née Hockin) (British, 1880-1936) ‘Pan! Pan! O Pan!

‘Pan! Pan! O Pan!

Bring back thy reign again upon the earth!’

I will thrill thee back from the dead ages, thus:

Pan! Pan! O Pan! bring back thy reign again

Upon the earth!

Numb pointed ears, ye hear

Only the wash and whisper of far waters,

The pale green waters of thin distant Springs

Under the pale green light of distant moons

Washing upon the shores of the old, old world

With a foam of flowers, a foam of whispering flowers….

From the book

PAN-WORSHIP AND OTHER POEMS

BY ELEANOR FARJEON

 

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Olive Leared (née Hockin) (British, 1880-1936) ‘Pan! Pan! (detail)

 

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Olive Leared (née Hockin) (British, 1880-1936) ‘Pan! Pan! (detail)

 

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Olive Leared (née Hockin) (British, 1880-1936) ‘Pan! Pan! (detail)

 

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Olive Leared (née Hockin) (British, 1880-1936) ‘Pan! Pan! O Pan!

About the Painting:

Olive Leared (née Hockin) (British, 1880-1936)

‘Pan! Pan! O Pan! Bring back thy reign again upon the earth!’
signed and dated ‘O Hockin/1914’ (lower right)
watercolour
62.3 x 81.3cm (24 1/2 x 32in)

Exhibited
London, Royal Academy, 1914, no. 1300.

The title of the present lot is taken from a poem by Eleanor Farjeon (1881-1965) titled Pan-Worship, 1908. The work features a number of figures from classical mythology. There are a gathering of Naiads, or water nymphs, who in Greek mythology presided over fountains, rivers and springs. Also depicted in the lower left hand corner of the composition is the Greek god Pan playing his pipes, which he used to lure Naiads from the water to dance for his delight. These figures associated with classical Greek mythology and spirituality resonated with Hockin’s Theosophical beliefs.

Image Credit: By Olive Leared [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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