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Smithsonian Puts Entire Duncan & Jess Collaborative Scrapbook Online

By Harriet Staff


Siglio Press–publisher of Jess’s O! Tricky Cad & Other Jessoterica–reports that The Archives for American Art at the Smithsonian have put an entire Robert Duncan and Jess Collins collaborative artist book online. “Scrapbook for Patricia Jordan, 1959” includes a couple of pieces from O! Tricky Cad, but there’s also much more–collages, line drawings, Nouveau gestures, poems, sketches, notes. From what we can tell in “A Peacock Tale,” “All’s in wonderland / when one’s past the looking glass.” Technical description:

19th century Victorian scrapbook. Loose page inserted inside front cover with engraved printed text: Presented as a token of affection.

On the blank lines provided there is a 19th century inscription from a Mrs. Fanny Brown, which has been mostly obliterated by the handwritten note: To Patty; R.D. & Jess, Sept. 15, 1959.

Book is filled with illustrated poems by Robert Duncan and mixed-media collages by Jess Collins, as well as a clipping of one of his “Tricky Cad” comic strips.

Also contains two full-color lithographs by Thos. Sinclair & Son, captioned “Home-made decorations” and “Window gardening”, which appear to be original to the book.


Gorgeous! Lucky Patty Jordan (looks like she took this picture).

Forgive me if I wander a little this evening, for I have been all day employ’d in a very abstract Poem and I am in deep love with you two things which must excuse me.

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Posted in Poetry News on Tuesday, November 19th, 2013 by Harriet Staff.