PETER BEARD | HUNTING CHEETAHS, TARU DESERT, KENYA, JUNE 1960
HUNTING CHEETAHS, TARU DESERT, KENYA, JUNE 1960
a unique object, gelatin silver print, initialed, dated, annotated, and extensively inscribed in black ink, partial handprint and illustrations in ink and blood, and with a profusion of collage, including torn snapshots, halftones, dried leaves, an ointment tube, and a burnt match, 1960, assembled circa 1988
overall: 20 by 23⅞ in. (50.8 by 60.6 cm.)
This unique collage, with many collaged photographic images and three-dimensional elements, is in generally excellent condition. As with other collages by Peter Beard, there are small creases, impressions, and tears that are a result of the photographer's working process. There is an uneveness to the print, which is expected for a print with so many collaged elements. There is an approximately 2-inch tear extending from the upper center edge through the 'H' in 'Happy' that has been reinforced on the reverse with cellophane tape.
Annotations in ink by the photographer are as follows:
'Special delivery from Ndefu Prods.'
'the Taru desert - June 1960 – for "The End of the Game"'
'hommage [sic] to the galloping [sic] – [illeg.] and [illeg.] F. B.'
'blüt is [sic] ein ganz besonder [sic] saft'
'To George @ Xmas 1988'
'Happy Holidays from P. B. at Hog Ranch, Karen / Langata Box 47616 Nairobbery'
The reverse is soiled. There is a graphite star drawn in the center.
The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance only. Any reference to condition in the condition report for the lot does not amount to a full description of condition. The images of the lot form part of the condition report for the lot. Certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot. In particular, the online images may represent colors and shades which are different to the lot's actual color and shades. The condition report for the lot may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the condition report for the lot or shown in the online images of the lot. The condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation. The condition report is a statement of opinion only. For that reason, the condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS ONLINE CONDITION REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE/BUSINESS APPLICABLE TO THE RESPECTIVE SALE.
Gift of the photographer to the present owner, 1988
Peter Beard, The End of the Game (New York, 1977), pp. 130-31