Jan 22, 2015 - Sale 2372

Sale 2372 - Lot 21

Price Realized: $ 1,000
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Estimate: $ 1,500 - $ 2,500
Felicity Reading. Oil on gessoed illustration board. 635x432 mm; 25x17 inches on 28x20 board mount. Monogrammed in image, lower right corner, and signed by Andreasen in pencil below image on mount. Original illustration for the poster to promote reading and the Felicity series of American Girl books. It was also the cover of Felicity: An American Girl Audio Library. 1990.

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Few trends of the last twenty five years have captured the attention of young readers as The American Girls series of dolls and accompanying books. Andreasen, a prolific and New York Times bestselling illustrator, was one of the main original artists of the book series and his depictions of the fresh-faced Samantha Parkington and Felicity Merriman became iconic to readers. This lovely image features Revolutionary War Era Felicity reading a book on her lap on a bright Spring day.
The series debuted in 1986 by the Pleasant Company and featured the stories and adventures of six American girls from the past. It soon expanded to include girls from contemporary times and of different ethnic backgrounds. Today American Girls brand, now a subsidary of Mattel, has numerous retail locations, a web site, magazine, and even an online virtual world whose profits aid several charities.