A large ink drawing (image size 295 x 125 mm) on the blank inside rear cover of a copy of the 1989 Glyndebourne Festival Opera Programme
Large quarto, 186 pages with numerous illustrations (many in colour, much of it advertising).
Hockney-designed overlapping colour pictorial card covers slightly rubbed at the extremities; a fine copy.
One of the operas at the Festival is the revival of 'The Rake's Progress'; the director is John Cox, the designer is David Hockney. Cox has signed the four-page listing for the opera (pages 115-118). He has also contributed an eight-page article, 'The Rake - a Progress', which reproduces numerous Hockney designs. Loosely inserted is a postcard from John Cox to Brian Baggott, a Hockney enthusiast whose collection of Hockney posters sold at Christie's in March 1999 (google the interesting article in The Independent, 26 March). The postcard is dated March 1990, and states in part: 'I spent a great week with D.H. at Malibu a short while ago. Still smiling!'. A ticket stub for the 28 July performance of the opera, initialled 'DH' (but probably not by Hockney) is also present. However, the large drawing inside the rear cover of the programme is definitely in Hockney's hand. Fortunately, someone (Brian Baggott perhaps?) has pencilled in the following, or one would never have guessed: 'A drawing by DH shewing, how to preserve the Ponte Vecchio, traffic is diverted from Teatro Communale via Duomo to Beatrice house'. Any resemblance between famous landmarks of Florence and this drawing are purely coincidental ... The drawing has 'River Arno' inscribed on it by David Hockney (and his surname initial may be written on the first page of the programme). Admittedly not a poster or a print, but definitely unique and guaranteed to make you smile.