New York, NY: Harper Collins, 1993 Framed signed print. This is the only political art that Sendak ever produced. It was commissioned by Sendak's publisher Harper Collins as gifts for one of Bill Clinton's first inaugural parties. This image was also published in major national newspapers and sent selectively to leading bookshop clients The exact limitation is unknown but it is estimated that 500 to 1000 copies were printed. No copies were ever available for commercial sale, nor were prints ever issued autographed, except for the copy sent to the White House. It is estimated that between 500 to 1,000 were printed, far fewer were later signed by Sendak. The image appears to be a duotone from graphite, with red and blue single rules surrounding the image area. This work measures approximately 12 1/2" x 13" (unframed). Signed in blue ink at the bottom right corner by the illustrator, just below the blue printed border. The image shows the United States Capitol dome with portraits of Bill and Hillary Clinton along with their daughter Chelsea and their cat Socks. They are surrounded by children including Mickey from “The Night Kitchen,” Rosie from "The Sign on Rosie's Door", Moishe, one of the monsters from Sendak’s classic children’s book “Where The Wild Things Are,” Mickey from "In the Night Kitchen", Jennie from "Higglety Pigglety Pop!", along with characters from his yet to be published "We Are All in the Dumps with Jack and Guy" which was issued later in 1993. The text at the bottom states, “A Jubilant Welcome For Our New President And His Family! From The Children Of America, Maurice Sendak, And HarperCollins Publishers – January 20, 1993.” Professionally matted and framed in grey wood. Included is the original card board box, with text printed on one side that reads " Special Gift - Open Immediately". (Inventory #: 004692)
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