Self-Portrait, with Flower
Charleston, The Parchment Gallery, (n.d.). A limited edition print of a Cummings' drawing, this being Copy No. 8 of 100 copies, likely printed on the occasion of a posthumous exhibit of Cummings' artwork, curated by William Plumley. An undated newspaper clipping about the show accompanies the piece, reprinted as a promotional flyer for the gallery holding the exhibition. According to the newspaper piece, this was the first show of Cummings' work after his artwork had been given to the Gotham Book Mart in 1968 for exhibition and sales purposes. In this image, Cummings is seated on a park bench, holding a single flower (tulip?). Printed in brown, on parchment, now sunned. 11" x 15", although the lower edge is chipped approximately 1/8". Additional small closed edge tears; overall about very good. This is the only limited edition print of a Cummings artwork we've encountered, and issued on a notable occasion -- the first posthumous showing of his artwork outside of the Gotham Book Mart's own gallery. [#034443] $300
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