“Prime-Time Histories: The First Thanksgiving”, 1973- Unframed
plate & sheet size: 30 x 22.50 in.
# 5 from an edition of 75
(print title, edition along with the individual number, a personal inspiration to the recipient, plus the artist’s signature appear in pencil near the lowest edge of the print)
Unlike typical sentimental depictions, Colescott portrays this uniquely American holiday as a raucous celebration of recently arrived English men and women sharing the bounty from nearby fields and woods with their indigenous guests. He treated other events in the “Histories” series from a similarly satirical and unconventional viewpoint.
QUOTE FROM The Prints of Warrington Colescott: A Catalogue Raisonné 1948-2008, published in conjunction with the major exhibition of his work mounted at the Milwaukee Museum of Art in 2010 NOTED ABOVE, p. 194, item #194
“Soft-ground etching, open-bite etching, drypoint, and aquatint, with vibrograver, printed in color on light cream Arches paper (bleed print) “