BASKIN (LEONARD) Portrait of Ted Hughes, with a Crow and Pike, [1978]

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Lot 389
BASKIN (LEONARD)
Portrait of Ted Hughes, with a Crow and Pike, [1978]

Sold for £ 6,875 (US$ 8,717) inc. premium
The Property of Frieda Hughes
BASKIN (LEONARD)
Portrait of Ted Hughes, with a Crow and Pike, cast bronze plaque, half-length, Hughes, the crow and the pike all in profile, inscribed in the field 'Ted Hughes A[e]t sui 47, Amicus Meus Baskin 1978', approximately 850 x 570mm., [1978]

Footnotes

  • FINE BRONZE PORTRAIT OF TED HUGHES BY THE SCULPTOR LEONARD BASKIN, HUGHES'S CLOSEST ARTISTIC COLLABORATOR.

    Ted Hughes and the American sculptor and polymath Leonard Baskin formed a deep friendship and creative partnership from the time of their first meeting in 1957, and their influence on one another was profound. It was Baskin who suggested that Ted Hughes use the symbol of a crow as a literary vehicle, having invited the poet to work with him on what would become Crow. This is one of several books of Hughes's poetry that Baskin was to illustrate, including a limited edition of "Pike", one of Hughes's best-known poems. This is a first casting, made in an unspecified but very limited edition, in 1978. A later casting of six copies was made in 2001.

    Provenance: Olwyn Hughes, who presented it to her niece Frieda.

Saleroom notices

  • Baskin's Gehenna Press published "Pike" but the accompanying illustration was by Robert Bermelin not Baskin.
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