Absterix or Bulging Tuatara


Color viscosity intaglio print on wove Arches paper.
Artist’s proof.  No stated edition has been identified, and the only other impressions found is completely different color variants.  That impressions is numbered in an edition of just ten, in Roman numerals.  Very scarce.
Signed and annotated “Epreuve d’Artiste” in pencil.
This impression was printed in Paris and was given or sold to Bernard Brussel-Smith when he visited and worked at Atelier 17 in 1957 and 1968.  Thence by descent, owned by his son until we acquired it.
Very faint line of discoloration along a prior mat window (visible in our image), unobtrusive. 

15 1/4 x 11 1/4 inches