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ROCKWELL KENT Roof Tree.
Lithograph, 1928. 276x376 mm; 10 7/8x14 7/8 inches, wide margins. Edition of 100. Signed in pencil, lower right. A very good impression.
The practice of "topping out" a new building, which is shown in this image, can be traced to the ancient Scandanavian religious rite of placing a tree atop the roof to appease the tree-dwelling spirits displaced in its construction. This practice migrated from Scandanavia to England and thence to the Americas. Burne-Jones 21.