(The Class of Forty-Seven)

Thirty-One Images by Tom Phillips with Interpretations by Heather McHugh and Treatments by Tom Phillips

This book is based on Tom Phillips' 1988 collage work "The Class of 47", which was exhibited in London at the National Portrait Gallery (see catalog "Tom Phillips -- The Portrait Works, NPG 1989, pp. 14-15). Tom Phillips sent copies of the 31 images to American poet Heather McHugh in Seattle, Washington, who then wrote poems about them. Tom then took these poems and transformed them by painting out some of the words. His new text sometimes reaffirms and other times contradicts the poet's interpretation of the pictures. Each page of handmade paper contains the image, expanded and revised both by hand and computer, and hand painted in watercolor in the Minsky studio following the artist's prototype. The poem is set in 14 pt. Bookman Light Italic, and the manipulated text appears as a footnote, also hand colored. This edition is published jointly by The Talfourd Press in London and Richard Minsky in New York, and is limited to an edition de tÍte of 10 copies numbered I-X and 47 copies numbered 1-47. 1990.

Pictured is Copy X of the Edition de tÍte in leather, with a small print hand colored by Tom Phillips inlaid in the cover. Six of the thirty-one pages of images and poems are shown here.  Three additional prints accompany the book in a separate paper enclosure, early prototypes hand colored by Tom Phillips, containing his notations to the colorist (see bottom right image).

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