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John Steuart Curry (American, 1897-1946), The regiment was like a firework ignited, A Double-sided Sketch for The Red Badge of Courage

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American & European Works of Art - 3140B
Date / Time :
September 21, 2018 10:00AM


John Steuart Curry (American, 1897-1946)

The regiment was like a firework ignited, A Double-sided Sketch for The Red Badge of Courage
Marked in pencil "I" on one side and "# 2" on the other side; estate stamped and numbered "B39920" l.r. of side I; inscribed with book title and caption and with other notations in the artist's hand on side #2, with copyright stamps from the artist on both sides.
Charcoal on paper, image sizes 11 x 14 in. (28.0 x 35.5 cm), framed.
Condition: Not examined out of frame.

N.B. The lot is accompanied by a copy of the limited edition leather-bound book in a slip case, The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane, illustrated by John Steuart Curry (New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1944), signed by the illustrator and numbered 769 (edition of 1,000). The finished drawing, which varies slightly from these sketches, is published between pages 46 and 47, and is captioned "The regiment was like a firework ignited."
Estimate $1,500-2,500

Although the frame was not opened during cataloging, the condition appears good.

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