An eighteenth-century alligator oboist sits playing in a powered wig, widely cuffed coat, breeches, and talon-accommodating buckled shoes. Beneath him is the caption: "I wonder, often, why I feel so mournful." The image is dedicated to Basil Reeve, who was principal oboist with the Minnesota Orchestra for 41 years (see dedication at alligator's left foot).
This delightful caricature is a printed illustration by Clinton Arrowood from Donald Elliott's book Alligators and Music. The drawing is dedicated to the noted oboist Basil Reeve.GPH-14269$60