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Print, Study for Don Quixote

This is a Print. It was written by Miguel de Cervantes and designed by E. McKnight Kauffer and published by Nonesuch Press and printed by The Curwen Press. It is dated 1930 and we acquired it in 1963. Its medium is lithograph with hand-colored additions in brush and brown and blue watercolor. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

For his illustrations of Don Quixote, Kauffer expressed the psychological unraveling of the protagonist as he assumes the persona of a knight and undertakes a quest of honor and love. Kauffer’s own struggle with the project’s deadlines echoed the emotional collapse of Don Quixote. He wrote in a 1928 letter to a friend, “In the meantime my ‘Quixote’ remains a dream. Poor fellow he lies in a heap—of only lines and . . . patterns—none of them yet put together.”

This object was donated by Mrs. Edward McKnight Kauffer. It is credited Gift of Mrs. E. McKnight Kauffer.

Its dimensions are

22.9 × 13.3 cm (9 in. × 5 1/4 in.)

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Print, Study for Don Quixote; Written by Miguel de Cervantes (Spanish, 1547–1616); USA; lithograph with hand-colored additions in brush and brown and blue watercolor; 22.9 × 13.3 cm (9 in. × 5 1/4 in.); Gift of Mrs. E. McKnight Kauffer; 1963-39-351-b

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