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#(44) BY HAND:

First edition of 2398 of which 100 copies are signed 1-100, 26 copies are signed A-Z as artist's proofs, and four sets are signed as progressives.

December 6, 1974 Five colors 18" x 24"

Client: Susan Carr & Elaine Crosswhite, By Hand, 1508a Walnut, Berkeley CA 94709. Telephone (510) 849-2093 3 copies and A-Z: artist's own use Progressives: One set to By Hand

(Images of an Era: The American Poster 1945-1975, The National Collection of Fine Arts, Smithsonian Institution, 1975)

Second printing of 4133 of which 26 copies are signed A-Z as artist's proofs, and five sets are signed as progressives. No alterations.

Influence: René Magritte

By hand. Everything used to be made by hand. Nobody in 1750 would have said, "This skirt was hand-made." Wouldn't have made any sense. "By hand" is what is called a "retronym." When something comes along that casts its predecessor in a new light, first the new thing and then the old thing get renamed. So we have "acoustic guitars," and "electric guitars," where before we only had "guitars." All ships were sailing ships, all furniture was made by craftsmen-not necessarily competent ones, of course. Just because it's old doesn't mean it was any good to begin with; merely that it has transcended the random disasters that visit all material goods, and their owners, too. History is written by the victors, and our image of the past is formed by the people and things that survived.