18 November 2014
REAGE, Pauline (pseudonym of Anne Desclos, 1907-1998) – ANONYMOUS. A series of original watercolours for Histoire d'O, ca.1980.
21 pen-and-ink and watercolour drawings on strong wove paper, most with a page reference pencilled on the verso, and 8 original drawings on tracing paper showing variant designs for a title page, some with colouring instructions, and three pairs of prints, one from each pair with trial hand-colouring. Together in a manila envelope stamped ‘Héliographie Blanc-Wittwer, Genève’ (some corners very lightly bumped).
ORIGINAL WATERCOLOURS FOR HISTOIRE D’O, perhaps commissioned by a publisher to illustrate an unidentified edition, or by a collector to embellish a copy.
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Please note that these watercolours are almost certainly by JIM, and probably ca. early 1960s.
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