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MUSIC AUTOGRAPHS & ANTIQUARIAN
Text Box: MUSIC AUTOGRAPHS AND EPHEMERA BOUGHT AND SOLD

Price: $350.00

EXCELLENT CONDITION

Original 9” x 10.75” George Shawe pen and ink illustration of the legendary American banjoist, composer/song writer and musical conscious during the Vietnam War era. The artist signs the work “George” and dates the piece 1962.  Seeger writes on the bottom right, George - This is me of 1953 with hair - Pete.

 

Seeger in 1953 was at the end of his “Weavers” period and beginning to perform solo concerts.  His former membership in the Communist Party had black listed him and the rest of the Weavers which disbanded.  It was during this late 1940’s through the 1950’s where Seeger wrote some of his most enduring songs, “If I had a Hammer” (1949), “Where Have All the Flowers Gone” (1955) and “Turn, Turn, Turn” (1959).

 

George Shawe (1915-1995) was an American artist who drew Seeger at various times during his career and was obviously known to him.  In addition to pen and ink, he was also well known for his watercolors and oils of landscapes which have a following at auction.

 

The work was laid down at some point to a mat, or board and bears glue stains on the verso from the mounting.  Removed prior to our purchasing the artwork, it was not freed as carefully as it might have been and there is an archivally repaired corner at the top right and a small area near the neck and cheek where the paper is thin.  Would not show if re-framed with a light color behind it.  However, a fabulous one-of-a-kind original work with Seeger’s commentary!

PETE SEEGER - BANJOIST & SONG WRITER
Text Box: BANJOIST AUTOGRAPHS

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