A trio of self-portraits….

January 1, 2011

Below are three self-portraits of Monte.  One is a rough, pencil sketch and the other a photograph of a possible mixture of water-color and ink. The bottom image is a charcoal drawing and may have been done as gift for Zelma, Monte’s mother.  For some time it was in her possession.   The origins or purposes for these three items are not known.

The only other self-portraits of Monte include the earlier posted, pencil drawings of the six sons of John and Zelma Ellis from 1964 and parody drawings including Monte and others.

If one looks closely, in the lower right corner of the above image, a very different signature of Monte’s name can be made out.  The letters of Monte’s name are very long and thin.  It may be likely this drawing was done when Monte was in high school.


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