Feb 23, 2010 - Sale 2203

Sale 2203 - Lot 53

Price Realized: $ 8,400
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 8,000 - $ 12,000
JACOB LAWRENCE (1917 - 2000)
Untitled (Artist and Models Costume Design).

Gouache, brush and ink on cream wove paper, circa 1950-60. 455x280mm; 18x11 inches. Signed in pencil, lower right.

Provenance: private New York collection.

In a 1975 letter to an owner of one of these designs, Jacob Lawrence wrote: "They were executed (perhaps between the years of 1950-1960) when I was very active in the New York Chapter of Artists Equity. For a number of years Artists Equity gave an Artists and Models Ball, and its members were invited to contribute designs and ideas for costumes which could be worn for the occasion."