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Lot #134
DepartmentPrints
Sold For$325.00(hammer price)
 $390.00(price including buyer's premium)
Last UpdatedSeptember 19, 2019

Description

WILLIAM GILKERSON
Wisconsin/Nova Scotia, 1936-2015

Collection of portfolios, prints and posters. Includes bound portfolio American Whalers in the Western Arctic", accompanied by a suite of eleven additional prints, all depicting Arctic whaling, and "An Arctic Whaling Sketchbook". Also includes a Barkentine Co. catalog and four Barkentine Co. loose prints, "The Last of the Spouters", two with remarque. All but 173 of this edition of 2,000 prints were destroyed by fire. Also includes posters depicting New Bedford, Salem, Nantucket, Boston, pirates and the battle between the Constitution and the Cyane and Levant.
A lifelong sailor and adventurer, at age 14 William Gilkerson was a mess boy on a Norwegian freighter, at 16 he studied art in Paris and at 17 he joined the U.S. Marine Corps. The rest of his career was spent primarily alternating between painting and writing, including stints as a nightclub and marine sketch artist, a journalist, a scrimshander and an author. His art was commissioned and collected by numerous public institutions and museums, and in 2006 he won the Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature for his novel Pirate’s Passage, described as "a benchmark of Canadian literature.” He was considered by many as the "father of contemporary scrimshaw".
The Collection of Paul Vardeman."

Condition

Many pieces rolled. Appear to be generally well preserved.

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