Saturday, September 24, 2016

A Retrospective: Ralph Steadman Signed by Ralph Steadman

Illustrator Stephen Kroninger graciously provides us with these three photographs showing his prized copy of A Retrospective: Ralph Steadman (2016) signed just two weeks ago by the artist at the Society of Illustrators in New York. The inscription is unusual in that it is executed in both wash, above, and in ink. This inscription is accompanied by an original drawing of a cartoon face. The last photograph shows Mr. Steadman in the process of either diluting his ink or cleaning his pen.

Ralph Steadman, A Retrospective:  Ralph Steadman (2016)

Inscribed "For Stephen from Ralph Steadman" with a sketch of a cartoon face

Ralph Steadman signing at the Society of Illustrators

Note:  Thanks to Stephen Kroninger for furnishing these wonderful photographs. Be sure to check out his website and please also note that his work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. You see, he's just my typical blog reader...

Over the past two weeks, as you might have observed, I've featured signed books here by Ralph Steadman, many containing original sketches. These have been inscribed to Stephen Parr and now to Stephen Kroninger as well. A reasonable person might thereby conclude that Mr. Steadman inscribes books only to people named Stephen. Does anyone have a problem with that? Whatever the recipient's name, I would still love to publish images of other books that have been sketched upon, inscribed, and otherwise bespattered by Mr. Steadman.

"A Retrospective:  Ralph Steadman" is being exhibited at the Society of Illustrators through October 22. Small world.

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