1907 · New York
Little Nemo in Slumberland: Santa Hunts for Little Nemo or else Christmas would need to be postponed. TWO sequential original Colored Printer's Proof Sheets for The New York Herald Sunday Pages 1907, each dated respectively "Dec. 15 '07" and "Dec. 22 '07" in pencil at upper right margin Captioned in 6 and 8 numbered panels, printed as proofs on coated paper, each sheet measures 25-3/8 x 17-3/4 inches (minor handling creases, slight edge tear).
Provenance: Alfred B Hunt Collection, then to his great-grandchildren Carmen and Jennifer Armstrong, afterwards Bonhams NY 11 December 2013.
Hunt (1854-1947) was head foreman of the press and worked directly with McCay coloring the Slumberland series from its inception in The New York Herald October 1905 until McCay joined Hearst's papers in June 1911. Hunt is credited with adapting LITTLE NEMO's finished black and white drawings to its eventual surrealist Ben-Day color scheme, an intricate, labor intensive artistic/mechanical/chemical operation which generated the most subtle, stunningly beautiful array of colors ever seen in early news print. (Inventory #: BB081)