Long before he was famous for his floral still lifes and boundary-pushing sadomasochistic portraits, Mapplethorpe was a young artist finding his voice while studying at Pratt Institute in the late 1960s. This vibrant, early drawing — with its unrestrained use of color — was made while he was still enrolled at Pratt.
Although this very early drawing on graph paper was not examined out of its original sealed frame, it appears to be in generally excellent condition. The left edge is irregularly shorn. 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.