From a second batch of drawings by the prolific and endlessly inventive Chicago artist James Frederic Bone (1929-2015): I think "Talent" is the perfect title for this 1961 ink drawing--amplifying the proudness and look-at-me aspect of this harlequin-esque performer, while also I'd guess, based on my sense of Bone's outlook, commenting on the sort of performativity required of the artist himself--and perhaps any human attempting to assert any sort of "talent" in the world!
What I know about James Bone is that he was born in Brownsville, Texas, received his MFA from the University of Arkansas, and moved to the Hyde Park section of Chicago, IL in the 1970s. I've also found some citations of art reviews he wrote for the Chicago Reader in the 1980s. From all that I’ve have seen, he was possessed with a consummate curiosity and keen intelligence in addition to a terrific aesthetic sensibility and sensitive touch; I must say that I have truly and deeply fallen in love with his work!
8.5ʺ × 14ʺ and in very good condition, with a bit of very minor wear to the bottom corners along the edges. Titled at bottom left and signed and dated bottom right.