Monday, December 26, 2011

A Crewel Trick

From Illustration House's December 10 sale comes the original book cover art for The Member of the Wedding by Carson McCullers. The artists are Leo and Diane Dillon and the medium is crewel. But is that all? Or is there some kind of overpainting here? The detail is just superb.

Lot 36Leo & Diane Dillonb.1933x
xFamily members in contemplation amid wedding.x
xBook cover: Member of the Wedding, by Carson McCullers; Publisher: (Time-Life Books), 1965;
Crewel, 28.5 x 32.5", signed lower left
xEstimate: $4,000 - 6,000x
Literature - The Art of Leo and Diane Dillon, ed. by Byron Preiss (Ballantine Books, 1981)
xCondition - Very good overall: crop marks are indicated with bits of thread; framed in narrow grey wood frame.x

Note: The Dillons created a very different sort of image for their New York is Book Country poster. See it here.


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