Invitation to a So-Called Tea

Rockwell Kent, American, 1882 - 1971. Printed by Elmer Adler. Printed at Pynson Printers, New York. Printed for Random House, New York.

Made in United States, North and Central America


Photomechanical metal relief print and color linocut with letterpress text on cream wove paper

Image: 9 13/16 x 6 13/16 inches (24.9 x 17.3 cm) Sheet: 11 9/16 x 8 3/16 inches (29.4 x 20.8 cm)

© Plattsburgh State Art Museum, State University of New York, USA, Rockwell Kent Collection, Bequest of Sally Kent Gorton, All rights reserved.

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Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

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Currently not on view

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Purchased with the Lola Downin Peck Fund from the Carl and Laura Zigrosser Collection, 1971

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Kent made this print as an invitation to a party given in his honor by the Random House publishers in celebration of his contributions to their illustrated books. As the martini glasses and shaker in the print suggest, this “so-called tea” was in fact a cocktail party, thrown during the years when the consumption of alcohol was banned in the United States.