• Prints & Multiples auction at Christies

    Sale 2215

    Prints & Multiples

    27 - 28 October 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 385


    Don Quixote (S. 30)

    Price Realised  


    Don Quixote (S. 30)
    lithograph with hand-coloring in blue gouache, 1952, on smooth wove paper, the first state (of two), signed, titled and dated in ink, annotated 'Ed 27', one of a few signed, hand-colored impressions of the 14 proofs pulled from this state (the total edition was 27), with margins, pale light-, mat and time staining, a few pinpoint foxmarks and small stains in places (primarily at the lower right), a few soft handling creases (primarily in the margins), otherwise in good condition, framed
    L. 17¾ x 23¾ in. (451 x 603 mm.)
    S. 23½ x 24 in. (597 x 610 mm.)

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    After several years away from printmaking Smith decided to approach the medium again, this time experimenting with lithography. Don Quixote was his first effort in the medium and the artist was so anxious to begin the process he did not wish to wait for the master printer Margaret Lowengrund to return to the Woodstock studio, instead entrusting the task to her new assistant Michael Ponce de Leéon. The two worked their way through the process and when they required water, which was not available in the studio, they reverted to using the large supply of beer immediately on hand as an alternative.