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Artwork by Robert Griffing


A Little Help from the Sun by Robert Griffing


  About this painting:  

We all seem to gravitate to new technology. It was no different for the Native Americans of the eighteenth century, when flint and steel were the common tools for starting a fire and would continue to be so for years to come.

Here we see Iroquois men as they try to light their pipes with a magnifying glass. They are fascinated by this little glass, which not only makes things look bigger but can also start a fire—something most of us did with magnifying glasses as kids. But in the end it was just a novelty. Cloudy days and nights made this method of fire starting impracticable, as it only worked with a little help from the sun.


9 1/4" x 15 1/2" open edition paper print only
Price: $45.00
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