Jan 23, 2014 - Sale 2337

Sale 2337 - Lot 135

Price Realized: $ 7,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 6,000 - $ 9,000
Full-page drawing for endpapers of "Candy." Pen, ink, and wash on paper. Published in Candy by L. M. Alexander, New York: Dodd Mead, 1934.248x324 mm; 9 3/4x12 3/4 inches, sheet. Unsigned but with note in Kent's hand and measurement along bottom margin and his property stamp on verso, along with an original pencil sketch for canterbury tales.

Additional Details

An excellent work by Kent, illustrating the endpapers to Alexander's controversial work Candy, the story of African-American life in South Carolina and its residents who were stirred up by the arrival of a visitor from Harlem. Kent designed these endpapers, the dust jacket, and five illustrations for the book. This lot is accompanied by a letter to the owner by Kent expert, Jake Wien, confirming the work and also commenting that the interesting sketch on the verso was indeed an unpublished study for endpapers to Kent's illustrated Canterbury Tales, also published in 1934. Wien explains that Kent abandoned the more figurative strategy of pilgrims on horseback and likened them to William Blake's portrayal.