Heaven

Nash made this wood engraving to illustrate the first English translation of 'Abd-er-Rahman in Paradise' by Jules Tellier, 1928. This story tells of the death of Abd-er-Rhaman in Constantine and his choice of whether to ascend to Christian or Muslim heaven.

It describes his journey through Paradise and the Garden of Delights until eventually he becomes bored of pleasure. The tale has a moral twist, the reader is told that at the end “the wisest thing to crave at the end of our mortal journey is ... the stillness of sleep”.

This design neatly separates out the various stages of Abd-er Rhaman’s journey and by use of overlapping planes suggests his movement from one heaven to another.

Object Summary

Accession Loan No.
385/1974/1
Collection Class
Prints
Medium
wood engraving on white japon paper
Common Name
Heaven
Simple Name
print
Inscription Transcription
Heaven 385/1974/1 Paul Nash
Period Classification
Inter War (1918-1939)
Production Town

Production Date
1928
Production Person Initials
Paul
Production Person Surname
Nash
Production Year Low
1928
Production Year High
1928

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Heaven