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DateFebruary 12, 2013
Bullets from a battlefield that were collected by Zabdiel Boylston Adams.
In this drawing, “Esther pour Reynaldo Hahn,” Marcel Proust inscribed Hahn’s initials (RH) on the female figure’s crown and on the pages of the open book. He replaced the caption “Concordia” with the biblical “Esther,” the subject of a 1905 opera by Hahn, and he set her next to her adoptive father “Mordecai,” drawn from a statue of Saint Jerome. Below, Proust wrote that Esther is shown “with little birds,” while Mordecai is “botsched.”
Courtesy of Houghton Library, Harvard University