Thursday, January 24, 2013

Bill Steig's Star-Crossed Lover

This original ink drawing by William Steig was a gift of the artist to cartoonist Muriel Jacobs circa 1966. It shows a lone figure holding a flower while gazing upward at bright, dazzling stars. On the lower right, it is signed informally Bill Steig.

I do not know if this drawing was ever published. It comes from the estate of Muriel Jacobs and was sold on eBay back in 2008. Five interested parties bid the price up to $140.50, which seems slight for such a poetic drawing. The artwork now belongs to a private collector in New York.

William Steig, Inscribed "To Muriel [Jacobs]," Gifted c. 1966
Private Collection (Photo courtesy of David from Manhattan)


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