Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Tales of the Weirrd Signed by Ralph Steadman

In 2006, Ralph Steadman inscribed to Stephen Parr a copy of his Tales of the Weirrd (1990), a book about assorted eccentrics which sported its own eccentric title spelling. The artist took care to capitalize all the letters of the recipient's surname in this and the other books he inscribed at the day's signing, just as he capitalizes the first syllable of his own surname in his distinctive signature. This raises the question of whether Mr. Steadman routinely inscribes a volume by capitalizing only the first syllable of his recipient's last name, imitating the asymmetric look of his own iconic signature.

Ralph Steadman, Tales of the Weirrd, 1990

Signed and inscribed "For Stephen Parr from Ralph Steadman 2006."

Note:  I plan to devote the remainder of this week to books by Ralph STEADman with original sketches and inscriptions to Stephen PARR. After that, I am prepared to move on to other subjects although I would happily share other Steadman book sketches with my readers if only some readers would care to share them with me.

You might consider "A Retrospective:  Ralph Steadman" at the Society of Illustrators for your next helping of inspiring illustration art. If you show up on Tuesdays between 5 and 8 p.m. and tell them I sent you they'll let you in for free. Through October 22.

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