LOT 370

Harry Jackson


Sor Capanna (Man with Guitar)

MEDIUM: Bronze, cast 2

DIMENSIONS: Lifesize - 77 inches overall height

ESTIMATE: $20,000.00 - $30,000.00

Signed and dated 1962

SHIPPING DIMENSIONS: 77 x 24 x 24 inches - 500 lbs.

Additional Information

In his 1981 book Harry Jackson, the artist tells the story of Sor Capanna: “In 1958 and ’59 I went to Rome a lot, and there I met a big, likable American named Remington Olmsted, who had just started a restaurant in the Trastevere section called Da Meo Patacca. He and I loved to sing cowboy songs while Italian street musicians supplied the background. It was a very unusual but sympathetic musical marriage—we were all really doing the same thing. Remy then commissioned me in 1961 to do a statue of the great street singer and poet Sor Capanna, who was a hero of the poor people of Trastevere. He sang about his people and their whole history until his death in 1923. Naturally, the Establishment hated him. He spent most of his life in and out of jail. He was a man after my own heart, both as a poet who sang his own verses, and as an outlaw. In both respects he is the same breed as the artist and the cowboy, for whom ‘goin’ to jail is just one of the hazards of goin’ to town.’”


Email: info@scottsdaleartauction.com
Phone: (480) 945-0225


Please note that the first unframed photo is most accurate for color. Framed photographs are to show the frame and are not color corrected to the painting.

*The Condition Reports are for guidance only and should not be relied upon as statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty, or assumption of liability by Scottsdale Art Auction. Scottsdale Art Auction strongly encourages in-person inspection of items by the bidder. All lots offered are sold “AS IS”. Please refer to item two in our terms and conditions for further information.