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Yaller Bird

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  • Title (object)

    • Yaller Bird
  • Description

    Man taking side step; artist proof. 1964
    Colour screenprint, photo-screenprint on yellow hand made paper

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1964
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 640 millimetres
    • Width: 510 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Signed and inscribed 'AP' in pencil
  • Curator's comments

    Edition of 40. Printed at Kelpra Studio, London.
    Illustrated in Kinsman p.22
    The subject is the poet Jonathan Williams. 'Yaller Bird' is one of Ezra Pound's 'Confucians'. See Kitaj's commentary in Kinsman, p.22

    Label text (facing wall) from: 2013, May-Sept, BM, 'Recent Acquisitions'
    This early screenprint is from a gift of almost 300 works on paper by the American artist R.B. Kitaj. The artist had spent most of his working life in London and first visited the Print Room with his wife Sandra Fisher in the mid-1970s .
    Before his suicide in 2007, the artist had decided to leave a substantial gift to the British Museum and the works came to the Museum in 2010 from the artist's estate. Kitaj's work was often inspired by literature, here he depicts his friend the poet Jonathan Williams as an aviator and uses a quote from Ezra Pound for the title of the print.


  • Bibliography

    • Kinsman 1994 13 bibliographic details
    • Ramkalawon 2013 15 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (American XXc Mounted Atlas)

  • Exhibition history

    2013, May-Sept, BM, 'Recent Acquisitions'

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  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

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Man taking side step; artist proof. 1964  Five colour screenprint, photo-screenprint on yellow hand made decorative Japanese tissue paper

Man taking side step; artist proof. 1964 Five colour screenprint, photo-screenprint on yellow hand made decorative Japanese tissue paper

© r.b.kitaj estate, courtesy marlborough fine art © The Trustees of the British Museum

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