ROGER DUVOISIN (1900-1980) The Happy Lion. A unique gift painting of Duvoisin's most famous story character, circa early 1970s. Watercolor, ink, and wash on paper. 515x343 mm; 20 1/4x13 1/2 inches. Inscribed and signed in ink, lower corner: "For Matthew, with best wishes for a Happy Christmas from the Happy Lion and Roger Duvoisin. Accompanied by a later (Children's Choice Book Club) edition of The Happy Lion by Louise Fatio (New York: Macmillan Book Clubs, Inc., 1970s).
With an Autograph Letter Signed by Duvoisin which accompanied the gift of the drawing. 1 page, 8vo, dated December 19, 1972: "While a painter exhibits his work in the hope that it will sell, I create illustrations to be printed in a book, not to sell them. So, please, accept this sketch for your little Matthew with my compliments."