MARGUERITE DE ANGELI (1889-1987) "Without further words he made a sign of farewell, and, keeping Jan in the midst of the group, went off." Illustration for de Angeli's Black Fox of Lorne (Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1956), page 33. Graphite on paper. 160x180 mm; 6 1/4x7 1/2 inches, 8 3/4x9 1/4-inch sheet. Inscribed and signed at lower right: "To Ginny + Bill / with Love / Mama de A." Original simple black frame, with publisher's printed label on backing; matted to 5 1/2x7 inches, which covers the 2-inch tear as well as the inscription. See condition report.
A 1957 Newbery Honor book, Black Fox of Lorne is a work of historical fiction based in the 11th century about Viking twins shipwrecked on the Scottish Isle of Skye. This illustration features the young Jan (one of the book's twin protagonists), his father Harald Redbeard, and Bègan Mòr, Thane of Skye.
The work may have been prepared as a special presentation piece around the time of publication, as the back of the original frame bears a vintage printed label naming the title, author, and publisher, Doubleday Junior Books.