RepositorySpecial Collections Archives (GB 0029)
Ref NoEUL MS 349
Datelate 20th century
Extent2 folders
TitleLeonard Baskin, woodcut proofs for 'Capriccio' and the 'Oresteia', published by Gehenna Press
DescriptionItems from two collaborative works between Leonard Baskin and Ted Hughes, both published by the Gehenna Press:

Proofs for 'Capriccio', 1990 (all measurements in inches, w x h)

Title page, proof, colour (27.5 x 19.75)
The Error, proof, (14.125 x 19.9)
Systole Diastole, proof sheet (27.5 x 19.75)

Proofs for 'Oresteia ', 2001

Prospectus (24.125 x 16
Gorgon (12.25 x 16)
Paris and Helen (12.25 x 16)
Orestes (12.25 x 16)
Snake and Eagle (12.25 x 16)
Eagle and Hare, press proof, sheet with text (24.125 x 16)
Three Furies, press proof, sheet with text (24.125 x 16)
The colophon (24.125 x 16)
Admin HistoryLeonard Baskin was born in 1922 in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and brought up in Brooklyn. He had his first exhibition of sculpture in New York at the age of seventeen and went on to study at Yale University followed by the New School for Social Research between 1941 and 1949. In 1953 he began teaching printmaking and sculpture at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, where he remained until 1974. He moved to Lurley, Tiverton, Devon in 1974 close to his friend, Ted Hughes, and stayed till 1983 when he returned to America. He died in 2000.
Baskin founded the Gehenna Press in 1942 while at Yale, and in 1956 the press moved to Northampton, Massachusetts. From the start it specialised in fine book production, its first publication being a collection of Baskin's own poems. Not long after the press had moved, Baskin began a lasting collaborative friendship with Ted Hughes, poet laureate, when they met at Smith College in 1959, where Hughes was teaching at the time. This friendship continued until Hughes' death and proved to be a very fruitful period of collaboration between the artist and the poet producing works such as 'Pike' (1959), 'Crow' (1970), 'Season Songs', (1975), 'Cave Birds' (1975, 1978, EUL MS 58), 'Under the North Star' (1981, EUL MS 263) 'Capriccio' and 'Oresteia', (1990, 2001, EUL MS 349). Several of their collaborative works were published by the Gehenna Press, including 'Capriccio' and 'Oresteia', for which the items below are proofs.
Access StatusOpen
Related MaterialSee also EUL MS 58, EUL MS 192, EUL MS 263, EUL MS 350.
Access ConditionsUsual EUL conditions apply.
Creator_NameBaskin, Leonard (1922-2000); sculptor and artist
Mgt_GroupVisual culture papers
Literary papers
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