PLATH (SYLVIA) A fine and decorative coloured pencil drawing of flowers and birds, with accompanying autograph poem "Spring Madrigal", inscribed "To Daddy" and signed "Sylvia", [6 September 1940]
Lot 302
PLATH (SYLVIA)
A fine and decorative coloured pencil drawing of flowers and birds, with accompanying autograph poem "Spring Madrigal", inscribed "To Daddy" and signed "Sylvia", [6 September 1940]
Sold for £ 9,750 (US$ 13,081) inc. premium

Lot Details
The Property of Frieda Hughes
PLATH (SYLVIA)
A fine and decorative coloured pencil drawing of flowers and birds, with accompanying autograph poem "Spring Madrigal", inscribed "To Daddy" and signed "Sylvia", coloured pencil on paper, with 4-line poem, signed by 280 x 215mm., [6 September 1940]

Footnotes

  • "TO DADDY': A MOVING ILLUSTRATED POEM, WRITTEN BY THE SEVEN-YEAR OLD SYLVIA FOR HER BEDRIDDEN FATHER TWO MONTHS PRIOR TO HIS DEATH. Entitled 'Spring Madrigal', the sheet is a joyful depiction of spring flowers and two singing birds, the verse beginning "I heard the birds sing a madrigal", and ending with the line "And played the wind's piano".

    Provenance: Sylvia Plath, and by descent to her daughter Frieda.

Saleroom notices

  • "Spring Madrigal" is a transcription of a poem by Rowena Bennett, published in "Four & Twenty Melodies", Chicago, 1939.
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