Deluxe facsimile edition

Eighteen Portraits – A Collaboration by
Virgil Thomson & Maurice Grosser

Vincent Fitz Gerald & Co.


photo by Zahra Partovi


Thomas/Grosser, 18 Portraits (3)

beginning of Thomson's Self-Portrait


Thomson/Grosser 18 Portraits (2)

For many years Virgil Thomson and Maurice Grosser made portraits of mutual friends, in music and paint respectively. For the first time Eighteen Portraits documents this association in a beautiful portfolio containing portraits of the artists and 16 friends in music and lithography.

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The portraits of each "sitter" are presented as 18 separate bifolios (with one-page insert consisting of 2 pages of music and a pencil & charcoal drawing), in this order:
Virgil Thomson, Maurice Grosser, Maurice Bavoux, Theodate Johnson, Janes Bowles, Priscilla Rea, Willy Eisenhart, Bill Katz, Richard Flender, Gerald Busby, Sam Byers, Morris Golde, Karen Waltuck, Paul Sanfacon, Peter McWilliams, Mark Beard, Louis Rispoli, & Danyal Lawson. Printed on handmade Banryo Hikizome paper and housed in a beautiful clamshell case covered with Tussah silk by Gérard Charrière and Carol Joyce.  Format: 38 x 50 cm, iv, 108 pages. Edition of 120 copies, signed by the composer and artist. P
ublished in 1985.
(few copies remaining) $2995

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