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Original 11x17” watercolor portrait of Jean Toomer as featured in The Art of the Affair: An Illustrated History of Love, Sex, and Artistic Influence. Framed as shown in alternate images. Comes with a copy of the book signed by the illustrator.

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As he appears in the text:

“Margery Latimer, an author and radical of her time when it came to social issues, was raised in Wisconsin and published two novels and two books of short fiction, all highly regarded. While living in New York, she had a tempestuous live-in relationship with the writer Kenneth Fearing, whose unreliability and general philandering inspired some of her characters. After they broke up, she met Jean Toomer, author of the novel Cane and a central figure in the Harlem Renaissance. They went back to Wisconsin and married, despite anti-miscegenation laws—and prevailing attitudes. Time magazine published a story damning the union. Margery died after giving birth at age thirty-three.”

Read more about The Art of the Affair, by Catherine Lacey and Forsyth Harmon. ︎︎︎