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(#149) PUNAHOU SCHOOL: Edition of 4955 of which 150 copies are signed 1-150, 26 copies are signed A-Z as artist's proofs, three sets are signed as progressives and 2 copies are signed as dedication copies.
August 27, 1991 18 colors 17-5/8" x 24"
Models: Taken from a 19th century painting, the background figures are the original founders of the Punahou School, Reverend & Mrs Hiram Bingham. The foreground figure was modeled by Sophie Maureen Aissen.
Styling & Costume: Sophie Maureen Aissen
Client: Punahou School, 1601 Punahou Street, Honolulu HI 96822. Telephone (808) 944-5757 A-Z: Artist's own use Dedication copies: Sophie Maureen Aissen, Judith Dawson Progressives: One set to Punahou School, one set to Sophie Maureen Aissen
It's hard to sit at a wooden desk and listen to the teacher drone on about geometry or the Hundred Years' War when right outside the perfume of flowers and deep rich sea crashing and beckoning lifts its warm embrace and says come to me. But you have to. For one-hundred-and-fifty years The Reverend & Mrs. Hiram Bingham have said, time for school. Hurry up, please, it's time.*
Remember the joy of liberation when the school bell rang at the end of the day; at the end of Friday's long afternoon; at the end of June and the feast of summer spread out before you and you did not have to get up in the morning and go to school anymore. By the end of summer you didn't want to admit it but to tell the truth you were getting a little bored and missed your friends and after Labor Day the intoxicating smell of new school clothes and new books and new cedar pencils and it wasn't so bad after all. It was even fun. Ah, variety. The spice of life.**
* T. S. Eliot (1888-1965) The Wasteland (1922) ** William Cowper (1731-1800) The Task (1785), Book II, The Timepiece