Lord Buckley 2010 fine art print / edition of 20 / $200.00

He didn't wield a musical instrument or sing, yet Lord Buckley embodied jazz. He did it with his mind and with his mouth. He could riff, improvise, and wail, and his delivery was pure rhythm. Buckley was a monologist with a comic sensibility, but not a comedian. Biographer Michael Monteleone described Buckley as "a strange but intriguing mix of a proper English peer of the realm and a street corner jive hipster."

Born Richard Myrle Buckley on April 5, 1906 in Tuolumne, California, he emceed (as "Dick Buckley") midwest dance marathons in the 1920s. During the following decade, the now Chicago-based iconoclast became the favorite after-hours entertainer of gangster Al Capone, who remarked, "He's the only guy who ever made me laugh."

After World War II, at the urging of Buckley's sixth wife, "Lady Elizabeth," he evolved an elegant and streetwise style of storytelling, drawing from history, literature and the Bible, delivered in a dazzling jazz patois. He called it "hipsemantic," borrowing from Cab Calloway, Louis Armstrong, beatniks, Redd Foxx, Pearl Bailey, and Sinatra. He became a semi-mystical, charismatic self-creation. Read more...
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Only twenty (20) prints of Lord Buckley by Drew Friedman were produced for this edition. Each print is signed in the lower right, hand-titled in the center, and numbered in the lower left (all beneath the image). We have sold numbers 1/20 thru 10/20 and are now offering numbers 11/20 and 12/20, unframed, for $200.00 each (plus shipping and handling). Prices will increase for subsequent prints as the edition depletes.

The image area is 13-5/8" high x 10-3/8" wide on an untrimmed 17" x 11" sheet. Paper, ink, and production specifications, as well as shipping details, are available on our PRINT SPECS page.