BASKIN (LEONARD) 'Tobias & the Angel', [1958]

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Lot 328
BASKIN (LEONARD)
'Tobias & the Angel', [1958]

Sold for £ 875 (US$ 1,086) inc. premium
The Property of Frieda Hughes
BASKIN (LEONARD)
'Tobias & the Angel', wood-engraving, artist's proof signed, with PRESENTATION INSCRIPTION "FOR SYLVIA AND TED", quite heavy browning and spotting (mostly to upper part of image), mounted, framed and glazed [Fern and O'Sullivan 367], image to view 428 x 430mm., [1958]

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  • "FOR SYLVIA & TED": an artist's proof of Leonard Baskin's 'Tobias and the Angel', inscribed by the artist to his close friends.

    They had first met in May 1958, whilst Baskin was teaching sculpture and printmaking at Smith College. A close friendship was immediately established, Ted going on to collaborate with Baskin on numerous books (mostly under the aegis of the Gehenna and Rainbow Presses), while Plath wrote the poem 'Sculptor. For Leonard Baskin'."How I love the Baskins. The only people I feel are a miracle of humanity and integrity..." (The Journals, Faber, 2000, p.408 and p.485).

    Writing in her journal in July 1958, Plath described a "magical evening" spent with Leonard and his wife Esther at their house, from which they left towards two in the morning with "Tobias & the Angel", "Man with Forsythia" and "Avarice". And in an undated letter of November or December that year, Plath wrote to the Baskins that the print had become a focal point in their home: "'Tobias', dog and fish, give our livingroom another room: I find myself going off into it" (to be published in The Letters, vol. 2).
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