Lithograph on 300-gram Somerset paper
<span class="gray">Sheet:</span> 26 1/2 x 20 3/8 in. (67.3 x 51.7 cm)<div class="div_addlDim"><span class="gray">Image:</span> 20 x 14 5/16 in. (50.8 x 36.4 cm)</div>
Numbered, signed [rf Lichtenstein], and dated ['89] in pencil, lower right. Blind stamp, lower left: [American Atelier chop]
Classification: print


The print and poster entries in this online catalogue follow the documentation and comments published in the authoritative book:

Mary Lee Corlett. The Prints of Roy Lichtenstein: A Catalogue Raisonné, 1948–1993, 2nd ed. New York: Hudson Hills Press in association with the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 2002 (Corlett 2002). First published in 1994 (Corlett 1994). Introduction by Ruth E. Fine (Fine 1994a).

Corlett documented 311 editioned prints and posters by Lichtenstein produced from 1948 through 1997, with three works published in 1998 after the artist’s death: RLCR 4622, 4755, and 4752. Along with them, Corlett documented select posters, announcements, and other printed works in unspecified editions (totaling 76 items); these were either designed by the artist or based on the artist’s designs, or reproductions approved in collaboration with the artist. Prints not documented by Corlett (RLCR 999, 1178, 3625, 3664, 4685, 357, 4195, and 3884) were added to this digital catalogue raisonné. Reproductions are no longer included, only references to them per Corlett or in added commentaries.

The individual online entries’ style and structure closely follow Corlett 2002 and differ slightly from all other entries except for small style changes made for consistency.

All prints or poster impressions formerly or currently in the artist’s estate were re-photographed by the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation for this online publication to provide the best image quality. Impressions or objects in other collections are reproduced with the best available imagery at the time of publication. Some entries are still illustrated with the images Corlett's book provided, mostly photographs of impressions in the collection of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Illustrations of woodblocks and other print matrices, as well as print variants, such as different states (RLCR 217, St. George and the Dragon (I) [Killing the Dragon]), ink color variants (RLCR 289, Hunter with Dog), paper color variants (RLCR 269, Approaching the Castle) and teaching aides (RLCR 2871, American Indian Theme I), have been added as Research Images when mentioned in the entry and/or when discovered and available....

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Catalogue entry

Artwork: Bobby Kennedy, 1989 (RLCR 3778)
RLCR 3778 (Corlett 236; RL 3736)
Bobby Kennedy
Title Source
Lithograph on 300-gram Somerset paper
Sheet: 26 1/2 x 20 3/8 in. (67.3 x 51.7 cm)
Image: 20 x 14 5/16 in. (50.8 x 36.4 cm)
Edition of 2

Publisher: Time, Inc., New York

Printer: American Atelier, New York

Collaboration: Mauro Giuffrida (project supervision, proofing, and printing); Jeffrey Becker, Amy Bergin, and David Wander (printing)

Runs: 4 colors, in 4 runs, from 4 aluminum plates:
1 yellow
2 red
3 blue
4 black
Numbered, signed [rf Lichtenstein], and dated ['89] in pencil, lower right. Blind stamp, lower left: [American Atelier chop]

This image was originally created for the cover of Time magazine, May 24, 1968. It, along with RLCR 3845, The Gun in America, was re-created in 1989 at the request of Time. The magazine had donated its archive of materials related to its covers to the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., in 1978. The collection included the original drawings and overlays for both of Lichtenstein's Time covers (see RLCR 1518 and 1521). The overlays had deteriorated badly, so the decision was made to produce the prints for exhibition purposes. Carol Diehl coordinated the project for Time and was also present for the proofing. Lichtenstein provided color swatches to assist with the correction. Only two impressions were made of each image: one for the National Portrait Gallery and the other for the artist. All other proofs were destroyed.

To create the original image, Lichtenstein worked from photographs of Kennedy (see Zerner 1975, p. 13). This work is one of the very few portraits Lichtenstein has ever done in any medium. Holly Solomon appears as the tearful blonde in the painting RLCR 1222, I . . . I'm Sorry (1966). Lichtenstein also did a drawing of RLCR 462, Carol Salus (c. 1955) reproduced in Busche 1988, p. 308.

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