Humour through the Ages
How Sulaimān the merchant, while at meet with the Shah Tahmāsp, being asked if the egg of the desert quail set before him did mock the nostrils of anticipation with the perfumes of decay, did reply that, on the contrary, a considerable proportion of it did indeed unlock the casket of satisfaction with the golden key of delectability.
[From a MS of Nizami]
Fougasse (Cyril Kenneth Bird) (1887-1965)
Inscribed with title, and further inscribed
Pen ink and watercolour
14 ¼ x 9 ¾
'Memorial Exhibition of the Work of Fougasse', Fine Art Society, London, June 1966, No 66; 'The Illustrators. The British Art of Illustration 1870-2021', Chris Beetles Gallery, November 2021-January 2022, No 104