Jack Hanley Gallery, San Francisco Private Collection, United States Christie's, New York, 13 November 2013, Lot 459 Acquired from the above sale by the present owner
"I’d always loved making drawings and I never knew what to draw. I started to collect these cartoons and got some 160 lb. hot-press darche paper and a #6 pencil (it’s best to know your materials before you make art). So I started to re-draw my favorite cartoons. Whitney Darrow had a style that I liked. He drew cartoons mostly for the 'New Yorker.' But some would show up in 'Playboy' and 'The New York Review of Books' (Darrow it turned out was an early roommate of Jackson Pollock)."
This work is in good condition overall. There is evidence of fine cracking and slight lifting within the silkscreened elements, most noticeable on the bodies of the left and right female figures and in the black text area, located in the lower quadrant. Upon close inspection, there are spots of surface accretion, located approximately 4¼ in. from left edge and 6¾ in. from the bottom edge. There is evidence of faint stretcher marks along the top edge and upper left corner, only noticeable upon close inspection. Under Ultraviolet light inspection, there is no evidence of restoration. Framed under Plexiglas. In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.