Jan 28 at 12:00 PM - Sale 2556 -

Sale 2556 - Lot 22

Estimate: $ 600 - $ 900
HARDIE GRAMATKY (1907-1979)
Little Toot. A unique gift painting of Gramatky's most famous story character, circa early 1970s. Tempera, graphite, and ink on board. 260x323 mm; 10 1/4x12 3/4 inches. Inscribed and signed "For Matthew Stumhofer from his friend `Little Toot' and Hardie Gramatky" in ink, lower margin; captioned and signed on verso by Gramatky.

Accompanied by an Autograph Letter Signed by Gramatky (to Matthew's mother, who requested the drawing). 1 page, 8vo, dated January 29, 1976, on Gramatky's Westport, Ct. stationery: "I don't know when I have received so nice a tribute to Little Toot and his adventures. I couldn't be more pleased. Outside my regular watercolors, I don't ordinarily sell sketches. I could make an exception for a good friend like Matthew. There is a full color watercolor here of Little Toot..." and enclosed a signed color plate from the book as well. A later edition of Little Toot (New York: Putnam's Sons, nd) is included in the lot as well as a small note card to the family a month later mentioning a watercolor award he just won from the National Academy in New York.