Came upon this word while reading Dave McCollough’s The Great Journey:

I admit that I started being afraid and my imagination too me to the most lugubrious scenes of The Last of Mohicans.

This is actually McCollough quoting George Sand’s impression on George Caitlin’s traveling exhibition of Native American paintings and culture in Paris, circa 1840s (whew, that was a mouthful!)
lu·gu·bri·ous [loo-goo-bree-uhs, -gyoo-]
mournful, dismal, or gloomy, especially in an affected, exaggerated,or unrelieved manner: lugubrious songs of lost love.

1595–1605; < Latin lūgubri ( s ) mournful (akin to lūgēre to mourn) +-ous

This sketch is inspired more from ‘lugubrious songs of lost love‘ than McCollough’s quote from George Sand.

George Sand in the end was so impressed with Caitlin’s exhibition of Native American culture that she invited others!


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