Jun 09, 2022 - Sale 2608

Sale 2608 - Lot 30

Price Realized: $ 2,375
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 3,000 - $ 4,000


"Witch Watch."

Illustrations for the front and rear covers of the October 1983 Halloween issue of Cricket, The Magazine for Children. Watercolor and pencil on board. 336x508 mm; 13 1/4x20 inches. Initialed "H.K.83" in lower left corner; artist's label on verso with image description, beneath which is written: "Dedicated to Margaret Hamilton." Tipped to window matte and framed.
Provenance: Bush Galleries.
Hilary Knight, best known as the illustrator of Kay Thompson's Eloise books, has always been a great movie fan. He was delighted when he finally met character actress Margaret Hamilton, the Wicked Witch of the West; and he brought a publicity photo of her to sign. He later paid tribute in his wraparound mirror-image Halloween Cricket cover in 1983. The photo she autographed can be seen on the wall to the left of the vanity table in the bedroom.