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Mermaid Diane Art & Story by Robert Kline
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Mermaid Diane - Sea Maiden 4

Mermaid art and story by Robert Kline

This is a retired (no longer being printed) mermaid print that is limited in supply and therefore is currently available in the following matted sizes (entire matted size): 5" x 7", 8" x 10 & 11" x 14". This item will ship via United States 1st Class or Priority Mail.

This beautiful mermaid art and story comes from a collection of Sea Maidens (mermaids), Sea Babies (mermaid babies), Sea Masters (merman), pirateslighthouses and fairies created by renowned artist and novelist Robert Kline of St. Augustine, Florida.  The print is a lithograph reproduction of Robert's original watercolor and pencil painting. Hand labeled and signed by Robert in pencil, all the prints come with a 1/4" foam backing and the 5" x 7", 8" x 10", 11" x 14" are matted so all you need is a frame and they are ready to hang on your wall! Each print also comes with an excerpt from Robert’s novel The Forgotten Voyage of H.M.S. Baci. A fantastic saga in which multiple generations of the Roberts’ family explore the seven seas in search of the world’s mermaid and merman population. Thus, you receive the passage from Robert's novel describing the particular event in which the character(s) in the print were sighted:

Following a brief but fierce sea battle the HMS Baci limped back to the coast of Patagonia seeking a place for repairs. Night found her still plying the turbulent coastal waters, every man jack of the crew scouting the coast for a sheltered inlet. Lightning flashed and St. Elmo’s fire danced on the ship’s yards. It was during an extended lightning display that Degas L’Amour, currently hanging precariously from the bowsprit, spotted a “Sea Maiden” swimming earnestly to and fro before the Baci. At first he thought she too was in peril, but that concern vanished when she rolled onto her back and beckoned the sailor and ship to follow. L’Amour was instantly enamored and convinced succor was at hand.

Captain Fitzwillie would have none of it, sure she was a siren bent on destruction. Sir Edmund Roberts, the naturalist, fairly laughed in the captain’s face, remarking that any fool knew sirens to be mythical confabulations while “Sea Maidens” were recorded fact and benevolent by documentation and concluding that they were about to crash onto the rocks and debating if she were fish or fowl was cutting it a bit fine.

So follow her they did that dark and stormy night, past towering rocks and barely visible reefs through a narrow cleft that broadened into a becalmed shelter. The next morning repairs were hastily accomplished and when the storm abated the Baci rode the falling tide back into the open sea.

Captain Fitzwillie had L’Amour put into irons until they were well away, so certain was he that his prime seaman would attempt to rejoin his “sea love”. It appeared she too was heart broken for she lay on a plateau of rock neat in the channel entrance; her back to the ship in what Sir Edmund later learned was the classic “Sea Maiden” pose for heartache and defiant refusal to let others witness her grief. Gnarly Dan, the eldest salt aboard allowed that she would remain there until her lover returned or perish doing so, “for a Sea Maiden loves but once and that be forever.”

Captain Fitzwillie released L’Amour three days later and Sir Edmund encouraged the distraught sailor to not only give the Sea Maiden her common name but also provide the naturalist’s description of her attributes – thus giving voice to the seaman’s lament and also dampening the growing criticism that Sir Edmund’s descriptions were repetitive and uninspired at best.

Maidenus Folornica – “Diane”

June 21, 1832, Patagonia Coast

Then in L’Amour’s hand:

The most beautiful Sea Maiden appeared like an angel in the midst of the worst storm ever. Her eyes were the color of the ocean after a spring rain, her lips the luscious pink of the setting sun. She was perfection in length and her breasts were proud and matched and topped by…

It is unknown if L’Amour succumbed and was unable to finish or if the pen was snatched from him, for the description , now in Sir Edmund’s hand, concludes:

Medium height. Medium weight. Dark hair.

* Degas L’Amour and the captain’s launch were lost in clam waters several nights later.

There are many more sea maidens (mermaids), sea baby, pirates and sea masters prints available. Different characters and print sizes.

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