PLATH (SYLVIA) Portrait of Ted Hughes, [1956]

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Lot 322
PLATH (SYLVIA)
Portrait of Ted Hughes, [1956]

£ 20,000 - 30,000
US$ 25,000 - 38,000
The Property of Frieda Hughes
PLATH (SYLVIA)
Portrait of Ted Hughes, pen and ink, on paper, head and shoulders in profile, inscribed by the sitter on the reverse in pencil ("By Sylvia Plath/Ted Hughes"), 215 x 140mm., [1956]

Footnotes

  • A FINE PEN AND INK PORTRAIT OF TED HUGHES BY SYLVIA PLATH, drawn shortly after their marriage on 16 June 1956, mostly probably during their honeymoon in Paris and Spain.

    On 23 October 1956, back in Cambridge after their honeymoon was over, Plath wrote to her mother about the sketches she had completed: "every drawing has in my mind and heart a beautiful association of our sitting together in the hot sun, Ted reading, writing poems, or just talking with me... the sketches are very important to me...".

    In Birthday Letters Ted Hughes included a poem entitled 'Drawing', about Sylvia sketching in 1956, which begins "Drawing calmed you... As you drew/I felt released, calm", conjuring up the memory of how "as the hours burned away the objects she [Plath] rendered were tortured into their last position, and the whole scene was imprisoned, for ever" (Frieda Hughes, Sylvia Plath: Drawings, 2013, introduction).

    For another portrait of Hughes by Sylvia Plath see Bonhams, The Roy Davids Collection, 3 October 2005, Lot 73.
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