Rare pencil signed and numbered lithograph by American and Taxco, Mexico artist William Spratling (1900-67). This depiction of Fiesta Mexicana was printed in 1931 from the original drawing for Spratling's 1932 book LITTLE MEXICO. Signed Spratling in the lower left and numbered 11/35. Litho measures 11 1/2" X 7". Measurements with matting - 12 1/2" X 11 1/2". The piece is not framed. Beautiful original condition. This image introduces the chapter FIESTA MEXICANA on page 69 of Spratlings' LITTLE MEXICO .
Purchased from the Weyhe Gallery in New York many years ago. The Weyhe Gallery had a long standing relationship with Spratling in the 1930's and 40's to represent his art as well as the Mexican artists he championed. In her book MEXICAN SILVER, P.20 Penny Morrill explains Spratling's relationship with the Weyhe Gallery and Carl Ziggrosser who ran the gallery - "The correspondence between Spratling and Ziggrosser documents their efforts in insuring that the work of David Alfaro Sigueiros, Diego Rivera, Carlos Merida, and Jose Orozco would be exhibited and sold in New York". This is a rare museum quality piece. The British museum has a litho from this series in it's permanent collection.