The Relique by June Wayne
In 1958 June Wayne embarked on the production of a Deluxe Book illustrating the songs and sonets of John Donne with fifteen lithographs. Impressed by the work of master printmaker Marcel Durassier in Paris. Durassier could only spare 70 working days so both he and Wayne worked around the clock to create and complete the 15 lithographs in an edition of 110 from October 1958 through January 1959.
The same year, Wayne had been negotiating with the Ford Foundation a proposal to fund a print workshop in the United States with the goal of not only attracting artists to the medium of stone lithography but also training fine art lithographic printers which were almost non existent outside Paris. Part of this negotiation included a promise by Wayne to return from Paris with a completed example of the John Donne Deluxe Book. She fulfilled her promise and within a year the Tamarind Lithography Institute was funded and born catalyzing decades of fine art lithography creation and the training of numerous lithographic printers (that continues to this day) who started their own print workshops or were employed in printing fine art lithography all over the United States.
This lithograph connected to Donne's The Relique was produced as a high quality catalog image accompanying the launch of the Deluxe Book edition. It is an effective portrayal of the drama of Donne's words "When my grave is broke up againe, Some second ghest to entertaine."
Technical Details: Lithograph, unsigned. Sheet size 11 x 8 inches. Printer - Marcel Durassier, Paris, December 1958. Comes with complete catalog.