Property from the Collection of John Whitney Kelly
1917 - 2009
LETTER WITH NOME IN VENETIAN MASK
signed Andy (on the second sheet) and dated Dec 1, 1984 (upper right)
watercolor, pencil and ink on paper
10 ½ by 7 ¼ inches
(26.7 by 18.4 cm)
This work will be included in Betsy James Wyeth’s forthcoming catalogue raisonné of the artist’s work.
There are some scattered spots of staining. The second page of the letter is included with this lot.
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Mrs. Catherine Auchincloss, 1984 (acquired from the artist)
By descent to the present owner
Andrew Wyeth wrote this thank you letter to his close friend Catherine Auchincloss, fondly referred to as 'KK,' for her gift of a Venetian mask, which is shown here on Nome, his wife Betsy's Alasken Chinook. He wrote, "I am mad about your remarkable gift and I look forward to using it in a painting." Indeed, the mask was worn by Ann Call in Winter Carnival, which Wyeth executed a year later in 1985.