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The early years of Gehenna Press : Castle Street Dogs

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In 1951, Baskin took a position teaching art at the Worcester Art Museum School in Worcester, Massachusetts. The Baskin home was on Castle Street, also populated by a number of scraggly dogs whose character appealed to the artist. The flea-ridden dogs inspired Baskin to create ten wood engravings, which the Gehenna Press printed in Castle Street Dogs in two editions. This is a special artist's proof sheet, on which all ten images have been printed.

Leonard Baskin. Castle Street Dogs. Ten wood engravings. Special proof sheet. Gehenna Press, 1954.

Gift of Janet (Class of 1952) and John E. (Class of 1951) Marqusee to the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University.