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  • Provenance

    Private collection, New York
    Sotheby’s, New York, “Photographs,” November 1986, lot 294
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Literature

    Robert C. Spencer, “The Work of Frank Lloyd Wright,” The Architectural Review, June 1900, p. 63 for similar examples
    Jonathan Lipman and Shinji Komoto, Frank Lloyd Wright Retrospective, Tokyo, 1991, p. 225, fig. 183 for similar examples
    Penny Fowler, Frank Lloyd Wright: Graphic Artist, California, 2001, pp. 12, 20 for similar examples
    Julia Meech, Frank Lloyd Wright and the Art of Japan: The Architect’s Other Passion, New York, 2009, p. 36 for similar examples

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present lot is a proof of two of the twelve photogravures of weeds and wildflowers that were designed as an insert for The House Beautiful, a book printed in 1896-1897. Only 90 copies were published and distributed mostly to friends and family. There is no stitching on the Japanese paper sheet, which specifies that it is a proof, and not an insert removed from a copy of the book. Weeds and wildflowers are a representation of the prairie, and were highly influential in Frank Lloyd Wright’s designs. Wright stated in his 1932 autobiography: “The print is more autobiographical than you may imagine. If Japanese prints were to be deducted from my education, I don’t know what direction the whole might have taken.”



"Weeds and Wildflowers," from The House Beautiful

circa 1896
Two photogravures on one sheet of rice paper.
Each: 7 1/8 x 2 1/2 in. (18.1 x 6.4 cm)
Overall: 11 3/4 x 9 5/8 in. (29.8 x 24.4 cm)

Published by the Auverne Press and printed by Frank Lloyd Wright and William Herman Winslow at the Winslow House in River Forest, Illinois. Proof from the edition of 90.

$3,000 - 5,000 

Sold for $3,750

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New York Auction 9 June 2015 2pm