Jim Dine designed this original off set lithograph for the New York City Center Gilbert and Sullivan Company's 1968 season. It illustrates the beheading scene central to the plot in The Mikado, which was one of the comic operas performed at City Center in 1968.
Jim Dine (b. 1935) began his career in the early 1960s and has been a creative force in the art world since then. He is often grouped with the pop artists of that era, but early on he developed his own style of incorporating popular symbols that reflected his introspective viewpoint and his personal and emotional experiences in prints, paintings, sculptures, photographs, and poetry.