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Songs of a Sourdough
  • Ronald Brooks Kitaj, artist
    born: Chagrin Falls, Ohio, United States ; died: Los Angeles, California, United States ; active: England, United Kingdom, United States
    Kelpra Studio, Ltd., printer
    active 1957–1991
    Marlborough Gallery, publisher
    established 1948
  • Songs of a Sourdough, 1969
  • In Our Time: Covers for a Small Library After the Life for the Most Part
  • Where object was made: United States
  • five-color screen print, photo screen print, collage, coating
  • Paper Type: J.B. Green, laid, left and top deckle
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 457 x 424 mm irregular
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 18 x 16 11/16 in irregular
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 772 x 575 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 30 3/8 x 22 5/8 in
  • Gift of Anthony Harris through the Martin S. Ackerman Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 1981.0234.10
Catalogue raisonné

Image of the cover of a hard bound book. The cover has been rendered to appear as though it was torn from the spine of the book by the inclusion of several loose threads extending horizontally from the left side of the cover. The title and author are rendered in gold. The cover of the book appears as brown and tan pin stripes. A black and white photograph has been collaged onto the surface of the print. The photograph reveals a tall, male figure standing in a body of water. The figure is dressed in loose clothing and a large, straw hat. The figure is holding a shallow metal pan, and appears to be panning for gold.