Ralph Steadman's America (1989) comes with a disclaimer: "What you see in these drawings, of course, is not you Americans. They are only cartoons—not to be taken seriously—disregard them. They are terrible propaganda and obviously the ravings of a demented scribbler!" What a relief! In 2006, Mr. Steadman inscribed a copy of the book to Stephen Parr and added some teeth on the C in America just in case his drawings didn't have enough bite.
|Ralph Steadman, America, 1989|
|Inscribed with a sketch of teeth "For Stephen Parr, Ralph Steadman 2006."|
Note: Say, would you like to contribute to this blog? I'll take original drawings, jottings, letters, scratchings, doodles, sketches, or anything else by Ralph Steadman for use here. How's that for an offer?
Try not to miss "A Retrospective: Ralph Steadman" at the Society of Illustrators in New York, New York. It's a helluva town. Through October 22.
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