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United States of America 1928 – 2011

Valentine for Mr Wonderful 1995 Description: a portfolio of seven intaglio prints accompanied by the poem 'St Valentine' by William Carlos Williams
Materials & Technique: prints, portfolios, intaglio, relief, planographic colour etching, aquatint, engraving, and embossing printed from 11 copper plates and five plastic plates (intaglios); lithography (poem and colophon) Support: intaglios printed on white, handmade, linen-textured, HMP paper; folio cover from white, handmade, TGL paper; maroon cloth-covered cardboard box
Manufacturer's Mark: no manufacturer's mark
Impression: artist's proof 7
Edition: edition of 35, plus 10 AP, 3 TP, 7 WP, RTP, PPI, PPII, TGLimp., A, C
Publisher: Tyler Graphics Ltd
Place Published: Mount Kisco, New York
Date Published: 1995

Edition Notes: Valentine for Mr Wonderful is a book of seven hand-printed intaglios by Helen Frankenthaler enclosed in a paper folio with a cloth-covered box. The book includes the poem "St Valentine" by William Carlos Williams (taken from William Carlos Williams Collected Poems 1939-1962 Volume II) printed in lithography on the inside of the folio cover. The hand-drawn image with the title on folio cover was printed in intaglio. The colophon text inside back folio cover was printed lithographically. All books are signed and numbered by the artist on the colophon page. Helen Frankenthaler created the colour intaglios at Tyler Graphics in January 1995. Printing by Anthony Kirk, Susan Hover, Kathy Cho, Yasuyuki Shibata and Brian Maxwell. Offset lithographic text set in Adobe Garamond typeface and printed from an aluminium plate by Lee Funderburg. See individual pages for detail.
Primary Insc: signed and dated lower centre, pencil "Frankenthaler '95" (colophon page)
Secondary Insc: inscribed lower centre, pencil "AP 7/10"
Tertiary Insc: title in gold lettering, upper centre, front of box and along spine of box, "FRANKENTHALER/ VALENTINE FOR MR WONDERFUL" [Tyler Graphics logo]
Dimensions: page (each) 30.0 h x 21.0 w cm folio-page 31.4 h x 91.6 w cm box 35.2 h x 25.6 w x 2.8 d cm
Cat Raisonné: TGL print documentation 1995
Acknowledgement: Purchased with the assistance of the Orde Poynton Fund 2002
Accession No: NGA 2002.1.205.1-8
Image rights: © Helen Frankenthaler / Tyler Graphics Ltd. 1995