9 October 2002
Au Cirque: Ecuyère, Clown et Pierrot, from Series 347 (B. 1522; Ba. 1538Bb1)
aquatint, 1968, on BFK Rives, signed in pencil, numbered 22/50 (there were also seventeen artist's proofs), published by Galerie Louise Leiris, Paris, 1969, with full margins, some pale mount-staining, otherwise generally in very good condition
P. 316 x 393mm., S. 475 x 565mm.
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