On the edge of the world my islands sleep…

PhotographerA.R. Gurrey Jr.

CountryUnited States

MediumGelatin Silver

VolumeIdyls of Hawaii

AtelierGurrey's Ltd. (Honolulu)


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Hawaii, Landscape, Lake, Landscape, Mountains, Monograms, Trees


Image Dimensions: 13.0 x 8.8 cm
Support Dimensions: 25.0 x 19.8 cm

Associated Blog Posts:

The Idea of Hawaii

The following lines in calligraphic script by an unknown artist are included as a photo-transfer to the leaf:


On the edge of the world
My Islands sleep,
In a slumber soft and deep.
What should they know
Of a world of woe,
And myriad men that weep.

Mary Dillingham Frear.

These lines are from a poem My Islands by American poet and author Mary Dillingham Frear: (1870-1951)


…”whose works include “Our Familiar Island Trees,” “My Islands - Verses,” “Isles of Dreams: Verses,” “The Coco Palm and other songs for children,” and “Lowell and Abigail, a realistic idyll.” She co-authored “Flowers of Hawaii” and “Tropical Blooms, a portfolio of 40 flower prints by Henry Inn.” (1.)

Frear was married to Walter Francis Frear, (1863-1948) the 3rd Territorial Governor of Hawaii.


1. Mary Emma Dillingham Frear: from: Find A Grave online resource accessed April, 2015

On the edge of the world my islands sleep…