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Sketchbook with Drawings on 31 Pages
Bee Paper Co, Passaic, N.J, 1960. Large folio commercial sketchbook bound with metal spiral at the top of the printed card covers. Approximately 12" x 18". Signature and partial address of Joseph's older brother, Beauford Delaney on the rear card cover (possibly it had belonged to him at one time), light wear, a small label with an ink number on the front cover, otherwise near fine. The sketchbook contains 30 leaves, each of which bears one or more sketches by Joseph Delaney on one side of the leaf only, as well as a dozen small drawings on the inside of the front cover. The drawings are unsigned, but unmistakably by Joseph Delaney (1904-1991), consisting of conte crayon on paper drawings, almost all of which are of nude women, very likely made in a live figure study class. While undeniably quick sketches, most are nicely well-realized. Joseph and Beauford Delaney left their Tennessee home to study in New York City at the Art Students' League, Beauford went on to live the life of an expatriate in Paris where he befriended Henry Miller and James Baldwin; Joseph eventually returned to Tennessee where he was artist-in-residence at the University of Tennessee, recommended by his friend Alex Haley. We have handled other Delaney sketchbooks, but most have been either small or with a very few sketches. This is a relatively voluminous and pleasingly representative example. Ex-estate of August Delaney. [Attributes: Soft Cover]
Bookseller: Between the Covers-Rare Books, Inc. ABAA [Gloucester City, NJ, U.S.A.]
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