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Flora McLachlan - Song of the Nightjars

Flora McLachlan - Song of the Nightjars

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Etching, signed, titled, and numbered.

Edition of 100         

Plate size 40 x 45cm 

Nightjars sleep during the day and are most active at dawn and dusk. Their habits have given them an eerie reputation, associated with lost souls and otherworldly forces. Imagining his own death, the Dorset poet Thomas Hardy used a nightjar to symbolise his soul passing, “in the dusk when, like an eyelid’s soundless blink, / The dewfall-hawk comes crossing the shades”.

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