25 June 2004
Sharp-tailed Finch (Plate CXLIX)
Saltmarsh Sharp-tailed Sparrow, Ammodramus caudacutus
Hand-colored engraving with aquatint and etching, on J Whatman Turkey Mill dated 1832, occasional foxing, minor surface soiling and a few soft handling creases, a few small, faint surface abrasions, a 1-in. tear to upper and lower margins, an occasional short tear and associated minor creasing at the margin edges, otherwise in good condition.
Plate: 19½ x 12¼ in. (494 x 311 mm)
Sheet: 39¾ x 26 5/8 in. (1009 x 675 mm)
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The Photo for Lot 149 should be Lot 150 in the catalogue.
Offered to benefit a new scholarship initiative from Bennington College, this work distils the unique form of abstraction for which the artist would become famous
Ahead of the sale of portraits of four different muses, we focus on the women the artist came to depend on so passionately