Jun 24, 2021 - Sale 2574

Sale 2574 - Lot 43

Price Realized: $ 3,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,200 - $ 1,800
"Otto at Sea." Front and back cover for book of the same title by Pène du Bois (New York: The Viking Press, 1936). Watercolor, gouache, pen, and ink on paper adhered to larger board. 182x350 mm; 7 1/4x13 3/4 inches, on 7 1/2x14 1/4-inch sheet. Signed "William Pène du Bois" in right image. Cornered to board; matted and archivally framed. A copy of the book accompanies the lot.

Provenance: Acquired by current owner from Illustration House.

Pène du Bois' whimsical illustrations and beloved cast of characters made serious themes accessible and engaging for children. The American author and illustrator is among a select few who have been presented with both a Newbery Medal (for The Twenty-One Balloons, 1947) and Caldecott Honors (for Bear Party, 1951 and Lion, 1956). As both artist and author, Pène du Bois captivated generations of readers with his unique combination of humor and imagination.