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Drawing/Rendering of the Duey Wright House, Wausau, Wisconsin, circa 1957. Ink, graphite and colored pencil on paper, 44.5" x 29.5". A superb and impressive drawing of three views of the house with the elevation scales. Slight creasing, mostly to the corners, with small edge tear. Signed by the master himself "FLW July 57"
These are section drawings of the house (as the sheet title indicates), not "views" or "renderings." And the term "elevation scales," employed twice, is meaningless, irrespective of the fact that these are not elevation drawings. I have no idea what "elevation scales" are supposed to be.
The remainder of the text, on the other hand, is so deft that, in light of the above, I suspect it of having been cribbed from available sources.
The drawing itself is very like an authentic Taliesin sheet, albeit with less than stellar display lettering to the titles. The signature seems a little suspect, to me; it should be compared to other late drawing initialing.
Why this one sheet from the construction set should have found its way to this source is mysterious, as well. We have seen "authenticators" listed recently, on drawings that were patently fraudulent; who is there to authenticate the authenticators ? Legitimate gallerists and auctioneers provide a provenance for such goods; here there is none.
There is, in any event, nothing to compare the drawing to, as there are only presentation drawings for this commission, and no construction drawings, published in the usual sources---which might support the notion that this is a genuine sheet ?
Finally, with a date of 1956 Duey Wright is hardly "the last" or even "one of the last" Usonians. This error has appeared twice now, lately . . .