Campbell Soup Kids creator Drawing in an Autograph Letter Signed
Drayton is considered one of the first and most successful female cartoon artists. Her characters include the Campbell Soup Kids, Dolly Dimples, Comfy and Kitty Cutie. On her printed personal stationery, Drayton replies to a fan with four pencil sketches along the bottom edge. "Grace Drayton Studio" stationery, 4to, New York City, July 9, 1930. Drayton expresses pleasure that her correspondent liked, "Dolly, Bobby, Comfy and Kittens.They come out daily in the New York American and the Sunday page. You can find them in the Philadelphia Inquirer.They keep me pretty busy drawing from morning until night." She notes the fan letters, "Keep up my enthusiasm." She signs in full, "Grace Drayton," and sketches in light pencil the faces of Dolly, Bobby, Comfy and Kitty Cutie. Included is her handwritten envelope with her signature, "G. Drayton" included in the return address.
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The photograph shows two warriors full length, likely posed. Remnants of prior mounting on verso suggest the carte-de-visite size albumen photograph, 2.5 x 3.25 inches , was once attached to a board. The Maasai are a nomadic people of East Africa.
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To the head of the Pennsylvania Museum and School of Industrial Art, Leslie William Miller (1848-1031), Eakins proposes an exhibit. "Thinking it might be of interest to young composers to see all the working drawings for a composite picture, I send you those of my my compositions now on exhibition at the Philadelphia Academy of the Fine Arts, a portrait of Mrs. Frishmuth ['Antiquated Music' Portrait of Sarah Sagehorn Frishmuth shown seated with her collection of musical instruments 1900], who gave the University of Pennsylvania (Archeological Dep't) its superb collection of musical instruments. The first sketch and general perspective are for convenience made one sixth the size of the picture that is they are to be viewed at one sixth from the eye of the finished picture. To save time in calculating proportions, I have as some cases used a table of logarithms." He signs, "Thomas Eakins." The letter presents Eakins as both a portrait painter and an art educator. Condition: Creasing along mail folds. Archival tape attached to top and bottom of third page and remnants of mounting adhesive to fourth page. Date of receipt of the letter is stamped under the date on the first page. Included is a photograph reproduction of the painting referenced in the letter, "Antiquated Music," with credit on verso. Eakins is widely acknowledged as one of America's most important artists. His work received little recognition during his lifetime, however, posthumously he has been celebrated by art historians as among the most important, if not the most significant, realist painter of the 19th and early 20th centuries. He focused on the human form in his painting, sculptor and photography. He is also recognized as a fine arts educator for his work at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia. Eakins built the program into the leading American art school in the late nineteenth-century, but was forced to resign after he allowed a fully nude male model to pose for his class of male and female students. He struggled to work as a portrait painter following his dismissal because of his emphasis on realistic portrayals of his subjects. In the year following his death, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Pennsylvania Academy held exhibitions of Eakins' paintings, and by the 1930's, he was recognized as one of the nation's great painters.
The renown photographer writes a warm greeting on a gelatin silver print made from a 1900 negative showing a posed street scene in France with children and cafe diners. The photograph was produced about 1965. He writes, "31 January, it's just time to wish you a happy new year, in friendship, Robert Doisneau." The print measures 4.75 x 7 inches.
Messmer has drawn his well known cartoon character, Felix the Cat, on an 8 x 10 1/2 firm paper. Original pencil layout markings are visible. Drawings of Felix in this size are uncommon. Messmer is credited as the creator of the cartoon character, Felix the Cat (see the Britannica encyclopedia online), the best loved cartoon preceding Mickey Mouse.
Ansel Adams, “Winter Sports in Yosemite,” Signed Photograph for “The Ahwahnee” Restaurant Menu, 1953Printed and Signed Photograph cover for a menu from "The Ahwahnee" restaurant, 8vo,4 pages folded, Yosemite National Park, August 4, 1953. The cover of this attractive and scarce dinner menu is illustrated with a print of Adams' photograph titled, "Winter Sports in Yosemite," A full explanation of the image is printed on the back cover where Adams has signed in full, "Ansel Adams." To the right of the signature, the front image is explained, "El Capitan, Merced River, Yosemite National Park California From a Photograph by Ansel Adams." The menu, which includes "Lobster a la Newburg" as well as a "Cheese omelet," opens to 4to, ideal for displaying the photograph, explanatory text and signature. Very attractive for display.
"'On Loan' an exhibition of borrowed art lent by artists. Nov. 22-Dec. 19th , 1980.Cambridge Road, London." Our edition consists of a cream colored labeled box, numbered on the bottom, that holds small library card holders and cards identifying artist and their artwork. Some of the holders include cards with the images of the artwork, and several cards are not in holders. The cream colored box is inserted in a heavier structured paper box also numbered on the bottom. Our edition is number "3 of 15" and consists of 33 signed card holders and 61 cards. The small cards measuring 3 1/4 x 2 inches are printed in black as are the library card holders of similar dimensions. Artists participating in the exhibition have signed their respective named card holders. Artists' signed library card holders or cards: David Brown, Roger Ackling, Les Coleman, Simon Cutts, Stephen Duncalf, Barry Flanagan, Bill Furlong, Hamish Fulton, John Furnival, Gerry Hunt, Glen Baxter, Sandra Fisher, Marc Chalmovicz, John Christie, Laurie Clarke, Robin Kiassnik, Brian Lane, Richard Long, Leonard McComb, Stuart Mills,Roy Perry, Eduardo Paolozzi, David Pescod, David Roe, Martin Rogers, Gallery East, Joe Tilson, Ian Tyson, Simon Cutts for Peter Turner, Steve Wheatley, Stephen Willats, Jonathan Williams, Richard Wilson.
Three photographs are annotated on verso and a fourth passport size photo is also included with annotation. D. H. Lawrence small business card is also included. The photograph of Lawrence with a cow reads on verso, "D. H. Lawrence milking Susan (such a sweet gentle animal). The photograph showing D. H. and Frieda Lawrence sitting in rockers is annotated, "DHL and Frieda in Mexico City, Posada de las Cruz." The photograph showing Lawrence standing with a horse reads on verso, "D. H. Lawrence at the ranch in San Cristobal [New Mexico]." The small bust portrait photograph has an light annotation in red pencil on verso partially legible, "D. H. Lawrence from Frieda Lawrence." The photographs are circa 1923.
Bagnold's best known novel is "National Velvet" (1935). Her most successful play is "The Chalk Garden." Both of her best known works were made into well received films. On the first free end paper of our copy of "The Chalk Garden", extending onto the inside cover as well as the inside dust jacket, Bagnold has drawn a colorful seaside sketch of her own home, Rottingdean, in Sussex, England. Her garden at Rottingdean inspired the play's setting. She dedicates her charming drawing to drama and film writer, Terrence Rattingan (1911-77) whose bookplate is affixed to the inside cover. She writes, "For Darling Terry.This is how Rottingdean should be." She signs, "Enid." She identifies her "Palace" and "Terry's House" as well as "The Sea" in her sketch. The drawing is rendered in red pen and water color. With the program for the play's 1956 production in London at the "Theatre Royal Haymarket" directed by John Gielgud. The book is very good condition overall with a slight stain in the upper right to the dust jacket.
The renown choreographer writes to arts critic, John Gruen. Typed Letter Signed, on personalized printed stationery, 8vo, n.p., Nov. 20, 1970. Robbins thanks "Gruens" for their note and ends with with circled X's after his signature, "Jerry."
Publicity Photograph in color signed, measuring 8 x 10 inches. The bright half length photograph shows Miranda costumed as she often performed and is best remembered. Inscribed and signed vertically in black ink, "To. Carmen Miranda." Condition: Bends at corners and along margins, overall condition slight background discoloration in several spots.
RENNIE, JOHN Autograph Letter Signed, with illustration, 3 pages on bifolium measuring 7 x 9 1/4 inches with sketch on page one, London, March 10, 1821. Rennie writes to Admiral Viscount Keith (1746-1823) giving details about constructing an embankment for his estate, Tullliallan, in Scotland. At the time Rennie wrote this letter, he was renown for designing and building bridges, canals and harbors throughout England. Here he provides design details for the proposed embankment and sketches the slope he prefers on the first page. He provides greater detail in accompanying drawings rendered in another hand. Towards the end of the second page, Rennie refers to his construction, the Southwark Bridge. "The tolls of the Southwark Bridge are not increasing so fast as could be wished, the bridge itself is in a perfect state of security more so even than I expected." He signs, "John Rennie," and continues in a post script. "Unless the earth of which the bank is to be made is Clay or of a retentive nature a puddle about 2 feet thick should be made in the middle of the bank to prevent the water from getting through it as in the dotted line on the Sketch." John Rennie died about seven months after he wrote this letter. Condition: Two small holes along center margin, another along horizontal fold on third page, slight tear at horizontal fold on first and second page, not affecting text. Letters of the elder John Rennie seldom appear for sale and those with drawings are particularly uncommon.
BARKS, CARL Barks has drawn a cartoon, in pencil with ink signature, showing Donald Duck, his nephews and Scrooge McDuck looking at an art gallery collection which includes their portraits. "Thank you Jerry for including us ducks in your gallery. Donald, Dewey, Huey, Louie and Tycoon Scrooge McDuck. " Barks signed in pen to the left and above the thank you note at bottom. The drawing measures 8 x 10 inches.
PICASSO, PABLO In a bold hand at ninety years old, Picasso has penned his last name, date and paraph on an off white page measuring 7.5 x 10.5, "Picasso 12.1.71". He drew a line to separate his name from date and paraph. Picasso, recognized as one of the most prolific figures in twentieth-century art working throughout his long life, is best known for co-founding the Cubist movement and for the wide variety of styles embodied in his work.
CATLETT, WALTER The comic actor much loved in his time has signed and illustrated this sepia toned bust length photograph showing his characteristic expression. Catlett has drawn a black cat with a large red bow below his full signature, "Walter Catlett, Hollywood Oct. 30, 1937." The sketch is a play on his name. Catlett was a comedic actor appearing in many movies as a flustered scatterbrain but best known for his roles in "Yankee Doodle Dandy" and "Bringing Up Baby." His face is more recognizable than his name. Catlett was inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960. Our photograph measures 7 1/4 x 7 1/2. Condition: tape stains on verso with minor docketting; in overall very good condition.
KURTZMAN, HARVEY Mad Magazine cofounder Kurtzman crafted a humorous self-portrait cartoon while claiming in the caption that he "Never" draws "Pictures." On verso, he writes a note about not being able to attend Comic Con. He signs the note, "H. Kurtzman." He signs the drawing, "Kurtz" with his familiar line drawing. Drawn and composed on card stock measuring 4 1/2 x 11 1/4 inches. Neither sketch nor letter is dated. Kurtzman founded "Mad" with publisher William Gaines first as a comic book then as a magazine. Founded in 1952, "Mad" ceased publication in 2018. Kurtzman went on to illustrate the "Little Annie Fanny" comic strips for "Playboy" magazine until 1988.
FRELENG, FRIZ Bugs Bunny smiles brightly from the page in this pen and ink portrait of Bugs' familiar face. Freleng has signed "Friz Freleng" in his typical capital letters and penned below his name in similar style, "Sorry Can't Make It This Time - Maybe the Next. Wish You Well." What a charming way to send regrets. Condition: center fold slightly visible suggesting the drawing was sent to decline an invitation. Bookseller Inventory # 4635.
SIMONSON, LEE Simonson sketched a bust length profile, signed and dated, "To.from Lee Simonson, Jan 1934." The sketch is rendered in black crayon on graph paper and measures 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches. The sketch is attached to a heavier page possibly from an album. Docketing on this page in pencil in another hand offers information on the sketch. "Lee Simonson caricature (?) of himself.at.theater during.tryout of O'Neill's 'Days Without End." Simonson changed stage production into a more modern style, He was a theater and art critic as well. Most importantly he founded the Theater Guild in New York City and staged productions for the Guild.
AIKEN, CONRAD Aiken composed a charming Christmas poem which opens with an appealing sketch of a mouse's face. "The Mouse upon the Christmas day/Bends his little knees to pray/ O dear Jesus/ Please to cheese us/That is all I have to say." He signs with his initials, "CA," and adds at the top of the folded card stock, "With love from C [he draws a face in the C] and M [and draws eyes and mouth within the letter] to Maurice and Betty." A particularly charming holiday greeting card by the poet and novelist. Autograph Poem Twice Signed with Abbreviations on folded card stock, 11x 8 1/2 inches opened, n.p., n.d. Condition. Edges show slight soiling, back of card especially along edges and center fold show soiling.
CLEAVER, ELDRIDGE Cleaver signed the s tapled pamphlet published by The Friends of Eldridge Cleaver, San Francisco. His signature shows in full at the end of the "Introduction," which explains why "The Friends" put the pamphlet together. "The material in this pamphlet was selected and reprinted by The Friends of Eldridge Cleaver, a loosely-knit group of residents of the San Francisco/Oakland/Berkeley Bay Are.concerned about.Eldridge.We do not want to see him scapegoated." The group seeks to increase public knowledge of the, "April 6, 1968 clash with the Oakland Police.for which Eldridge will soon stand trial.Many forces have conspired to cover up this era.Research into these dark pages of our history is vitally needed." Cleaver signs, "Eldridge Cleaver." White wrappers, with print and photographs in blue. Cleaver is pictured on the front and on the back cover with his wife and baby. Print and images throughout the booklet are printed in blue.
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