'LOLIONDO LION CHARGE, FOR THE END OF THE GAME / LAST WORD FROM PARADISE', 1964
Unique object, mural-sized, printed and assembled in the 1990s, mounted to card. Signed, titled, dated, annotated Peter Beard Box 47616 Nairobi Kenya and inscribed with a passage from Karen Blixen from Out of Africa by the photographer in white ink on the image, illustrated with paint, two annotated photographs, collage elements, blood spraying, hand prints and a Cerruti 1881 shirt stained with blood. Mounted and framed.
Sheet 101.5 x 283 cm (40 x 111⅜in.);
frame 102.5 x 284 x 15.6 cm (40½x 111¾x 6⅛in.)
While this impressive, mural-sized photograph has not been examined out of its case, it appears to be in generally excellent condition. As is typical with Peter Beard's working process, there are a few handling marks in the upper and right margin, stray drips of blood overall, white ink and paint. There is a subtle undulation to the print overall.
A tiny tear about 0.5 cm in the lower left edge, a minor wear on the right edge, a few minor stains of glue on verso visible in transparent in the margin. All only visible under close inspection.
The case is slightly unglued in the upper right corner, and presents a small crack of about 1cm in the lower right edge.
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. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
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Private collection, France
Acquired directly from the Artist by the present owner
Bowermaster, The Adventures and Misadventures of Peter Beard in Africa, p.57
Peter Beard, The End of the Game, Doubleday/Dolphin, 1977, n.p, detail
Very calm, with mighty paws, flows through the flowing grass, red-mouthed, silent, with the roar of the thunder ready in his chest’, Karen Blixen from 'Out of Africa’
This unique impressive mural-size photograph was assembled by Peter Beard in the 1990s. He used one of his most striking images of the Lion attack, adding the dramatic black and white images of bones in each corner and his typical hand mark. He also incorporated in this work a bloodied shirt by the fashion designer and friend Cerruti after sharing the misadventure of an ill-fated journalist who finished in the jaws of a crocodile. The plexiglass case was custom-made by the artist and transforms the photograph into a one-of-a-kind Peter Beard object.