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The skeleton of the people’s editor (Antonio Vanegas Arroyo)

Artist:
José Guadalupe Posada (Mexican, 1851–1913)
Publisher:
Antonio Vanegas Arroyo (1850–1917, Mexican)
Date:
1907
Medium:
Photo-relief and letterpress on brown paper; letterpress on both sides of sheet
Dimensions:
Sheet: 15 3/4 in. × 12 in. (40 × 30.5 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1946
Accession Number:
46.46.293
Not on view
The bearded skeleton wearing a top hat and glasses represents Antonio Vanegas Arroyo, who published many of Posada’s prints. The verses around the image list his range of publications. His commercial success is indicated by the thousand-dollar note clutched in his right hand. Such humorous mocking of a man who was a friend and patron of Posada is part of the semi-satirical tradition of the calavera (skeleton). The two scenes behind Vanegas Arroyo reflect aspects of his profession. The shop in the upper section represents the commercial side of his profession. Below are skeletons in a workshop engaged in proofreading and operating the press.
Inscription: Letterpress title attop: 'Aqui esta la calavera del editor popular A. Vanegas Arroyo', lower left 'Posada Mex'. Along bottom of verso 'México - Imprenta de A. Vanegas Arroyo, Calle de Santa Teresa número 1 - 1907."
Vendor: Jean Charlot (French, Paris 1898–1979 Honolulu, Hawaii)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," July 15–September 29, 2014.

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