• We are happy to call you during the auction and place bids on your behalf. To arrange phone bidding, please call Swann's bid department during business hours.

      (212) 254-4710 ext. 0
      Mon - Fri 10AM - 6PM


      Or, e-mail a list of lots with the sale number and your contact information to phonebids@swanngalleries.com. Be sure to include a phone number where we can reach you.

      Bids may also be submitted via fax. Send a list of lots with the sale number and your contact information to (212) 979-1017. You will receive a confirmation before the sale.
      Sale 2255 | Lot 32
      Price Realized: $10,200With Buyer's Premium
      Show Hammer Price
      • Click Image To Enlarge

      • Sale 2255 Lot 32

        CHARLES WHITE (1918 - 1979)
        Awaiting His Return.

        Lithograph, 1946. 402x310 mm; 15 3/4x12 1/4 inches, wide margins. Proof, aside from an edition of approximately 25. Printed by the artist at the Taller de Gráfica Popular, Mexico City. A very good, dark impression of this very scarce print.

        Provenance: gift from the artist; private collection, New York, thence by descent to the current owner.

        Awaiting His Return was printed in Mexico in 1946 after Charles White finished his military service and the end of the war permitted a safe passage abroad. This impression is dated 1945, and others have even been dated as early as 1943, presumably due to the wartime subject--an African-American woman seated near a banner of the Gold Star, a husband's or son's medal of bravery.

        This is the first unsigned proof, and only the third impression of this lithograph, to come to auction. We have located only two other known impressions--in The David C. Driskell Collection, University of Maryland, and Howard University Gallery of Art, Howard University, Washington, DC. Gedeon Ea4.

        Estimate $6,000 - 9,000

        Price Realized (with Buyer's Premium) $10,200