"ROBINSON JEFFERS AFTER WESTON"; [Wood engraving of Jeffers after a photograph by Edward Weston].

No-place: no-publisher, no-date [circa 1976]. Wood engraving of Robinson Jeffers by Buena Vista artist, Barbara Whipple (1920-1989), a prominent citizen of that area for whom a popular hiking trail is named. She opened one of Buena Vista's first art galleries and co-founded the Arkansas Valley Council on the Arts (from the Colorado state website). A very fragile print done on very light-weight paper. The print image measures 13.5 x 18" and is printed on paper measuring 18 x 22 inches. Labeled in pencil, "1/20 'Robinson Jeffers' after Weston Barbara Whipple" and bears her cartouche. Though the print is generally bold and stark, it is somewhat marred by white streaks and/or scuffs. The paper is torn along the left side where it also shows a stain but not so as to noticeably affect the image (the stain is not visible in the print but is instead obscured by it). When purchased, the print was mounted with a non-archival mat attached to thick paper boards. Now protected by acid-free paper and gently rolled in a large tube. The image is so ruggedly attractive that the collector, Allen K. Mears, had it digitally remastered (i.e., cleaned up a bit) for use in various publicity and Poetry Prize endeavors. When Mears was able to identify and locate Whipple's executor -- her husband, Grant Heilman, an artist himself-- he stated that Barbara died in 1989 and that the print was possibly done in Pennsylvania in the mid-1970s. Grant sent Mears the negative of the Weston photo from which Whipple patterned her image of Jeffers. When Mears had athe negative developed, it produced a crisp photo of Jeffers by Weston, dated 1926 (perhaps from Weston's Daybook or other publication). Grant provided Mears with permission to use Whipple's image on a not-for-profit basis and Mears provided the image to the Jeffers Association for use with a festschrift on Bob Brophy. Grant's permission to use the image is in the tube. The condition of the original print is fair. This item is very fragile.
Item #55703

Price: $300.00

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