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Martin Luther King, Jr.

2002
John Wilson (American, 1922–2015), Printed by James Stroud (American, born in 1958)


Dimensions

Sheet: 91.4 x 76.2 cm (36 x 30 in.)

Accession Number

2005.634

Medium or Technique

Soft and hard ground etching with spit bite aquatint, scraping, and burnishing, this impression drawn upon with charcoal and abraded

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Contemporary Art, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Spit bite aquatint added in this state, and this impression drawn upon with charcoal and abraded


After printing this impression, Wilson made a number of alterations to the sheet, adding charcoal around the neck and scratching into the paper to achieve highlights in the chest, forehead and temple—allowing him to visualize the changes he would need to make in the copper plate. The result is not just a step towards the final product, but an extraordinarily beautiful work in its own right.

Inscription

Lower right in graphite pencil: Wilson 02
Lower right in graphite pencil: 9A

Markings

Blindstamped at lower left -- chop of Jim Stroud

Provenance

Center Street Studio (Milton, MA); from whom purchased by MFA, 14 December 2005.

Credit Line

Lee M. Friedman Fund and Living New England Artists Purchase Fund, created by The Stephen and Sybil Stone Foundation

Copyright

© VAGA, New York, NY