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Bea Nettles: The Nymph of the Highlands

The Nymph of the Highlands
With a story by Connie Nettles (American, b. 1956)
Rochester, NY: self-published, 1974
Printed at Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY
Edition of 200
Bound volume with offset lithographs, screen prints, polyester film, tissue paper, mock-velvet cover, and vinyl slipcase
George Eastman Museum, Richard and Ronay Menschel Library

Inspired by a creation myth written by Nettles’s sister Connie when she was thirteen years old, Nymph of the Highlands follows the story of Aquarius, a naiad (water nymph) who is the first human to walk the Earth. In the tale, Aquarius defends small animals and challenges the lords of water and land, eventually creating peace across the highlands.