White Butterfly (aka: La Papillon Blanc) by Roi George Partridge

White Butterfly (aka: La Papillon Blanc) by Roi George Partridge

White Butterfly (aka: La Papillon Blanc)

Roi George Partridge

Title

White Butterfly (aka: La Papillon Blanc)

 
Artist
Year
1912  
Technique
etching 
Image Size
17 5/8 x 10 3/8"  
Signature
pencil, lower center 
Edition Size
40, of which 15 were destroyed by the artist. 
Annotations
titled in pencil in lower left corner of the paper; in plate: Partridge 1912 
Reference
White 36, illustrated on page 69. 
Paper
ivory "Normany Vellum France" watermarked wove paper 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
20550 
Price
SOLD
Description
This early, rare etching by Roi Partridge is pencil signed, "Roy Partridge" and was done before he changed his name to "Roi". In the lower margin, verso, in his handwriting is the pencil inscription: "Roy Partridge, 117 Terry Ave., Seattle." The etching was done after Partridge returned from France and was beginning to communicate with photographer Imogen Cunningham, who he soon married. Cunningham's early photographic inspiration was in the work of Pre-Raphaelite artist Rossetti and in William Morris's poetry. This dreamlike Pre-Raphaelite imagery was Partridge's short exploration of the modernist figure, a departure from his portraits and landscapes, to which he returned after creating three interesting and unusual etchings;"White Butterfly," "Ephemera" and "Dharyamana" all from 1912. An impression of "White Butterfly" was included in the 42 etchings Partridge exhibited in the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition. It is listed in the catalog on page 215, number 692.