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A Gallant Lady and Her Bird and Cat Friends



No one captures eccentric women like Judith Bledsoe, who perhaps lead the pack in eccentricity!

A delightful depiction of a gallant (and quite possibly batty) lady and one of her animal friends, with Judith Bledsoe’s characteristic humor and vitality. Bledsoe always celebrated her own individuality and treasured peculiarity in others!

From the Justification for the Eight Gallant Ladies and Their Animal Friends portfolio:

No, this is not about Eve and her Serpent, Leda and her Swan, Diana and her Stag, or Pasiphae and her Toro—there are no goddesses and no queens . . . nothing to do with Venus, Helen of Troy or with Sheherazade. No mediaeval “Dames” listening to pretty madrigals about endless courtship and chivalry.

These Ladies have replaced their talkative troubadours with dumb friends. They have constructed elaborate hairdos for the men who’ll undo them and who’ll fling their beasts out!

Don’t search for unconscious process to divert sexuality into an acceptable “naivete”.

Eight gallant ladies and their Animal Friends—Beware of them! Remember, their creator’s name is “Judith” and there might well become eight gallant ladies with the head of Holofernes or, who knows, your head, tucked underneath their arm. . . .

Additional information

Dimensions 618957564572 × 618957164571 in

Excellent Condition



Modern Print-Makers



Lithograph, Print

Signing, Dating, and Titling


Etching in colors from copper plates printed on Vélin d’Arches, with a beautiful blind-embossed lace border.
Circle Gallery, Ltd., Chicago
The workshop of Michel Vilage, Paris
c. 1974
Hand-signed and dated by the artist in pencil en recto lower right.  Titled en verso lower right.  Numbered en recto lower left.  Bearing the blind stamp of the now-defunct Chicago-based Circle Gallery.
Impression number 18 out of the edition of 150.
Custom matted and framed in a black metal Nielsen behind 99.9% UV-filtering Plexiglass.  All conservation and archival materials.
Excellent condition.
Framed Size:
13 in. (h) x 20 in. (w)
Sheet Size:
15 in. (h) x 12 in. (w)
Window Size:
8.625 in. (h) x 6.875 in. (w)
Plate Size:
7.875 in. (h) 4.875 in. (w)

Price & Purchase


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