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JOHN PIKE. "Happy Animal Families." Together, 8 illustrations for the book of the same name by Ernestine Beyer (Grosset and Dunlap, 1952.) Watercolor and gouache, 3 on board and 5 on paper. 406x584 mm; 16x23 inches, or slightly smaller. Not signed. Occasional indications and registration marks in the outer margins, date stamps on verso.
A colorful and charming group of works showing farm and woodland creatures in moments of wonderment, play, or contentment. Images include a fox teaching his kits about grapes, two images of ducklings learning to swim, fledgling chicks with proud parents, pups, fawn and mother, a colt and mother, and a barnyard gathering. Best known for his advertising and magazine illustrations, Pike also ran an eponymous school for watercolor instruction in Woodstock, New York from 1960-1979.