Dec 06, 2018 - Sale 2495

Sale 2495 - Lot 40

Price Realized: $ 17,500
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 10,000 - $ 15,000
"Do you want to get across?" Illustration for Rey's story "Cecily G. and the 9 Monkeys" (Paris: Gallimard, 1939; New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1941). Color pencil, charcoal, and watercolor with wash on stiff paper. 260x198 mm; 10 1/4x7 3/4 inches, on 12 1/2x9 1/2-inch sheet. Unsigned, but with penciled page number and framing indication (in French), lower margin. Tipped to window matte; framed. Provenance: Purchased from Bush Galleries in 1989 during their exhibition on H.A. Rey.

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a well-known illustration featuring the children's storybook icon, curious george, from the first book to introduce him.

H.A. Rey first published this work with Gallimard in 1939, titled with Cecily's original name: "Rafi et les 9 singes." The tale follows the adventures of Cecily Giraffe ("Cecily G.") as she meets a monkey, Mother Pamplemoose, and her eight children, one of whom is particularly curious. George's popularity among readers prompted Rey to begin work on an illustrated manuscript for the first separate Curious George title.
Soon after production began in the spring of 1940, Hitler ordered troops across the low country of France, culminating in the Nazi invasion of Paris on June 14th. Having waited too long to leave the city, and finding no available
mode of transportation, Rey assembled bicycles from scrap parts, on which he fled with his wife and collaborator, Margaret, and
their manuscript, just hours before the siege began. The Reys eventually arrived and settled in New York City where they soon began a long, successful, and exclusive partnership with Houghton Mifflin, who published the first American edition of Cecily G. and the 9 Monkeys in 1941 and continued the popular series featuring the beloved monkey.