Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The King's Stilts

From Illustration House comes this listing for a rare children's book illustration by Dr. Seuss from The King's Stilts.  Few original book illustrations by this favorite artist come to the market for reasons explained in the listing, but it nevertheless may be a stretch to ask $130,000 for this one.  Still, there's simply not much out there for avid collectors, and some enterprising individual just may be willing to pay the steep price.

This piece is part of an exhibition that opened on February 27, 2010.  I do not know whether any of the illustrations are still available.

Dr. Seuss, Original Illustration from The King's Stilts, 1939

Theodore "Dr. Seuss" Geisel


Boy tries to warn the King, but is intercepted by Lord Droon.

Book illustration: The King's Stilts, by Dr. Seuss; Publisher: (Random House), 1939;
Ink and gouache en grisaille, 13 x 9", signed ll


Published children's book drawings by Dr. Seuss are extremely scarce on the market, as the artist made a bequest of virtually his entire such output to the Geisel Library at UCSD.
Provenance - Los Angeles literary agent Frances Pindyke.

Condition - Good overall: slightly trimmed at top; matted and framed.

This illustrates the passage where the page boy Eric tries to warn the King of Lord Droon’s nefarious attempt to usurp the King’s power, but is intercepted by Droon himself, who locks Eric up in quarantine, pretending that he sees symptoms of measles. It’s a full page illustration, a fine one, from a memorably dramatic moment in the story. This drawing sold at an Illustration House auction in December 2007 for $80,500.
Dr. Seuss, Book Cover, The King's Stilts

My previous post on Seuss's Thoober is right here.

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