Wallace Wood: Against the Grain, part twelve
When Orlando departed the West 64th Street studio, he left behind a highly prized artist’s mannikin which remained in Wood’s possession for the next three decades, despite Orlando’s attempts to retrieve it. In 1980 he told Theakston, “As I recall, I paid the last month’s rent, after I left the first time, with a beautiful polished wood artists’ mannikin, about three feet tall. A real fine piece of work. I’ve tried to buy it back from Wally several times. He always says no. He grew fond of it and still has it.” In the last months of his life, Woody made certain that the mannikin was returned to Orlando.