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Inscription

in graphite, lower left: TRIAL PROOF; lower right: J Johns '81; lower left verso: [in another hand]; 14 RUNS / PROOFING ORDER / A 1ST RUN / ALL PLATES / MARKED #1 / ORANGE #1 / 2 PURPLE #1 / 3 GREEN #1 / 4 RED #1 / 5 BLUE #1 / 6 YELLOW #1/ B 2ND RUN / ALL PLATES / MARKED #2 / ORANGE #1 / 2 PURPLE #1 / 3 GREEN #1 / 4 RED #1 / 5 BLUE #1 / 6 YELLOW #1 / C WASH PLATE / * ORIGINAL BASE = TRANSPARENT / + 5% BLACK / + / BLACK / + / STONE PURPLE / D FLAT PLATE / * ORIGINAL BASE / + / 50% TRANSPARENT./ PRESSURE 500 LBS / 4 PASSES / INK - TOUCH OF VARNISH - 00 [underlined] / SANTOCEL ADDED TO PURPLE / AND TRANSPARENT BLACKS.

Marks and Labels

blind stamp: © [chop of Gemini G.E.L.]; stamped in gray on verso: © Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles / STONY JOHNS INC.

Provenance

Acquired by NGA in 2010 directly from the artist.

Bibliography
1994
Field, Richard. The Prints of Jasper Johns 1960-1993. New York: Universal Limited Art Editions: 1994.