A tremendous original late 1920s pen and ink drawing by Cardwell Higgins titled "A Delightful Page In The Record of My Existence." The artist created five of these noir black and white fantasy illustrative costumed art deco pen & ink drawings between the years of 1927 - 1929 that were later marketed as limited edition art prints under the guidance of Charles Martignette in 1979. This is assuredly the finest from this series of Aubrey Beardsley / Harry Clarke inspired fantasy scenes that the young Higgins executed. From the Estate of Charles Martignette, who championed the efforts of Cardwell Higgins and organized a one man show for the artist in 1983 shortly after the artist's death in Hollywood Florida.
The work is very handsomely silk matted and framed under glass, and is loosely based on Harry Clarke's 1919 illustration of Edgar Allen Poe's "The Pit and the Pendulum".
Sight Size 13 1/2" x 20 1/4" Framed 25 1/2" x 32 1/2"
Signature: Signed and titled, lower left