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LAURENT DE BRUNHOFF. "Babar took them to see the Cathedral of Notre Dame." Color study for the illustration in Babar's World Tour, (New York: Harry Abrams, 2005). Mixed media, including gouache, watercolor, pen and ink, over graphite. 235x220 mm; 9 1/4x8 1/2 inches, image, on larger sheet. Signed in full, lower left image. Archivally matted and framed to 18x17 1/4 inches.
Provenance: Mary Ryan Gallery; private collection, New York City.
A now poignant scene of the famous pachyderm and his family gazing upon Notre Dame Cathedral from Pont Saint-Louis. This late-but-spirited volume in the Babar series takes its young viewers on an armchair tour of Italy, Germany, Russia, Japan, Thailand, Peru, Mexico, Egypt, Antarctica and other fabulous locales.