15th May, 2019 10:00

Country House and Asian Art Auction

Lot 87

US Student protest poster

Harvard University student protest poster, 1968, consigned by the vendor, she was a cataloguer at the Houghton Library, stencil on paper then reproduced, 52 x 32cm, unframed.

Notes: Quoted from the vendor: 'My poster was on the wall in Harvard Yard, the central area at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts. It was May 1968. The mood was angry but excited, thrilled to have a purpose, and of course it was wonderful to sit or march around Harvard Yard in the spring sunshine after a hard winter. It was a time when the world seemed new and wonderful, and there was as much hope as anger in the protests. In Paris they were throwing stones. At Harvard they were defiantly enjoying roaches (spliffs) on the steps of Widener Library. When the protests were over, the posters were taken down by the university ground crew. I was walking through Harvard Yard at the time, saw this last poster, and decided to keep it, in spite of the torn corner, in memory of an exciting time'.

Sold for £460


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