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Don Chepito Marihuano

151. POSADA, José Guadalupe. Calavera de actualidad, with Don Chepito Marihuano. Mexico: Antonio Vanegas Arroyo, October 1911. Broadside, full sheet, 40 x 30 cm, type-metal engraving printed in black on pink paper. Edges lightly chipped, moderate stains on upper and lower right corners, else fine.

     Don Chepito is Posada’s comic-strip hero, who experiences all kinds of mishaps and represents the “folly of a snob who needs an audience to admire him” (Tyler, Posada’s Mexico, p. 137). In this print, Tyler points out that the habit of smoking marijuana “makes even more striking the print in which we see Don Chepito, wearing a starched collar and a bow tie, standing on a floor strewn with skulls. He has picked one up and is looking at it closely, a second Hamlet holding the skull of old Yorick. But what exactly is going through the head—a head as bald as the calavera he is examining—of this ridiculous rival of the Shakespearian hero? The question will remain unanswered.”  ($300-600)

Sold. Hammer: $300.00; Price Realized: $367.50

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