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AUCTION 20

Day of the Dead Calavera

154. POSADA, José Guadalupe. La calavera del Tenorio de la colonia de la bolsa. ¡Ojo, mucho ojo señores, que aquí la calavera del mismo do Juan Tenorio que no teme a cualquiera.... Mexico: Antonio Vanegas Arroyo, n.d. Broadside, full sheet, 37.8 x 28 cm, zinc etching printed in black on gray paper. Fine.

     Tyler, Posada’s Mexico, #193, p. 272: “Posada’s calavera of Don Juan Tenorio features a popular entertainment traditionally presented during the Day of the Dead festivities. Performed in several acts with such titles as ‘Libertinism,’ ‘Profanation,’ and ‘The Devil at the Gates of Heaven,’ the Don Juan drama is enlivened by the Mexicans with music and dance.... Posada’s calavera depicts the last scene in the drama, a confrontation between Don Juan and the ghost of the father of one of his romantic conquests. Set in a cemetery, the ghost...overpowers the wicked character and drags him off to hell.”  ($250-500)

Sold. Hammer: $250.00; Price Realized: $293.75

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