HOWARD CRUSE ORIGINAL ART: Page 119 of Stuck Rubber Baby
India Ink applied with a Rapidograph on 2-ply Strathmore plate-surface
bristol board; some brushwork added for natural texture and hair.
Shaded with intricate crosshatching.
17-3/4"x23" (Original art is 250% of the image size
in the American edition)
Excellent, with following caveats: The are two small patches
correcting lettering errors and another larger one reworking
a portion of the leafy background at the bottom of the page.
The latter is
trimmed so that its edges glide almost invisibly along surrounding
ink lines. A small swatch of white guauche has been applied in
an open white area to cover a paper-surface abrasion. All patches
are cleanly trimmed and executed on 1-ply Strathmore of the same
coloration as the base art, and so are barely discernible.
Provenance: The original art will be shipped directly from
Comments by the artist: This scene depicts our protagonists sole venture
into heterosexual lovemaking, as soulful conversation in the
wake of tragedy draws Toland and Ginger into unlikely passion.
The page's text contains the book's one explicit key to the significance
of Its title, which some readers find mystifying. (But you have
to pay close attention!)