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Portrait of Warrington Colescott

John Wilde

1971

charcoal on paper

16" x 13 1/2"

John Wilde and Warrington Colescott were both professors in the Art department at UW-Madison. In 1971, when this drawing was made, they had been teaching together for over 20 years. As good friends and colleagues, Colescott bears a skeptical look, as if questioning Wilde’s motives in drawing him, “What the hell are you up to?” Colescott signed the drawing, too, validating his likeness which was sketched in a shared moment between the two artists.

Credit

Gift of the artist