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The hand-coloured half-page illustration has a thick, black square border, and is centered on the page above the text of the poem “The Town.” The image depicts a night scene in shades of deep blue and black, highlighted by small yellow and orange lights and red and orange fruits and flowers. In the centre foreground, a woman stands in profile, facing left, carrying a basket of oranges, a rose in her upswept brown hair. Behind her, two gentlemen in 18th-century dress walk toward the right, conversing. Behind them is a building, arcade, and grove, filled with people silhouetted in black. In the building, which rises on the right background of the image, silhouetted people are visible in a brightly lit orange window. In the right foreground, a briar of red roses is visible. The artist’s monogram is in the centre bottom of the image, in the woman’s skirt.


O deary me how idle is
This great and weary town.
For people talk and never do
As they go up and down.


MLA citation:

Smith, Pamela Colman. “The Town,” illustrated by Pamela Colman Smith. The Green Sheaf, No. 12, 1904, p. 5. Green Sheaf Digital Edition, edited by Lorraine Janzen Kooistra, Yellow Nineties 2.0, Toronto Metropolitan University Centre for Digital Humanities, 2022.