ORIGINAL PEN-AND-INK PORTRAIT OF ALICE (From the 1929 Alice's Adventures In Wonderland Illustrated By Willy Pogány
by Pogány, Willy (Lewis Carroll)
New York, 1929. Willy Pogány (Hungarian/American, 1882-1955). ORIGINAL PEN-AND-INK PORTRAIT OF ALICE from his 1929 illustrated "Alice's Adventures In Wonderland" published by E. P. Dutton. This important and exceedingly lovely piece of artwork served as the half-title illustration. Of the 60 or so original exuberant drawings accomplished by Pogány for this edition, this is certain one of the key images, serving as his best portrait of Alice as a short-haired 1920s "flapper." This small gem of an image is 3.5" x 3.5" situated in the center of a large sheet of 11" by 14" heavy art paper which bears Pogány's penciled notations. These notations are now covered by an acid-free art matte but we photographed it (see photo) so one can see how looked in toto prior to framing and glazing. Pogány has initialed the drawing at the lower left. The detail of the drawing is spectacular in comparison to the actual printed illustration (also see our photo of the published book image to compare). In Very Good to Fine condition, sharply inked. Many Alice collectors consider Pogany's whimsical interpretation of the Wonderland characters to be the first truly original interpretation since John Tenniel himself. The drawing currently resides inside a custom art nouveau style frame, matted to size, with the highest quality "museum" glass; however it can be sold and shipped unframed and a $500.00 discount credit is thus available. Provenance: Book Sail Catalogue #16 (1986). . Signed. Unbound. Very Good. Illus. by Willy Pogány.
(Inventory #: 002038)
19th and early 20th Century English Literary First Editions and Manuscripts, Thomas Hardy, Cinema, Children's Books & Original Art.
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