'GIRAFFES IN MIRAGE ON THE TARU DESERT, KENYA'
a unique object, signed, titled, dated, and extensively annotated in ink, with collaged photographs and profusely illustrated with paint and inks on the image and in the margins, framed, 1960, printed later (End of the
Game, pp. 50-1)
50 by 71 in. (127 by 180.3 cm.)
This unique object is in generally excellent condition. As is common with Peter Beard's photographs as a result of his working process, there are handling creases, deposits of retouching, faint surface scratches and impressions, soiling in the margins, cracking paint, and occasional fingerprints. The sheet is rippled overall.
The photograph is annotated in black and purple inks: '"I had time after time watched the progression across the plain of the giraffe, in their queer, inimitable, vegetative gracefulness, as if it were not a herd of animals but a family of rare, long-stemmed speckled gigantic flowers slowly advancing- It was, in giant size, the border of a very old, infinitely precious Persian carpet, in the dyes of green, yellow and black-brown." (Karen Blixen from Out of Africa)'; 'giraffes in mirage on the taru desert, Kenya, June 1960: for Karen Blixen' ; '(Karen Blixen's last caption / for the End of the Game / Last work from Paradise / March 1962 / Rungstedlund, Rungsted Kyst, DK [Peter Beard] Box 4191 Nbi'; 'elephantine memories'; 'Denys Finch-Hatton + Gypsy Moth'; and '"Starvo" 1972."'
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