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LAURENT DE BRUNHOFF. "Babar dans l'Île aux Oiseau." Together, two studies for the French edition of "Babar Visits Bird Island" (Paris: Hachette, 1969.) Watercolor, ink, and pencil on paper. Cover study is 367x279 mm; 14 1/2x11 inches, on a folded folio sheet. Signed in pencil, lower margin. Double-page spread with de Brunhoff's penciled and mounted text below "Entourés d'un vrai feu d'artifice d'oiseaux les deuse petits éléphants ne savent plus où regarder" ("Surrounded by a firework of circling birds, the little elephants did not know where to look.") 375x533 mm; 14 3/4x21 inches on folio sheet with center vertical fold. Signed in pencil, lower right. The verso contains an additional rough mock-up of 3 cut text panels and three quickly scribbled thumbnail ink sketches (one of which is pasted over).
Two bright and colorful studies by de Brunhoff. Featured in the 1999 exhibition at the Mary Ryan Gallery titled "Laurent de Brunhoff. Babar in Process: Selections from Fifty Years of Sketches and Studies for Book Illustrations." November 14 - December 23, 1998.