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WILLIAM STEIG. "`Bats and Barnacles!' Ebenezer exclaimed..." Story illustration for Steig's Farmer Palmer's Wagon Ride (New York: Farrar Straus & Giroux, 1974). Mixed Media, including watercolor, ink and graphite on paper. Image measures 203x216 mm; 8x8 1/2 inches. Archivally framed to 12 1/2x13 1/2 inches. A copy of the 1992 paperback edition accompanies the artwork.
A colorful and humorous illustration of the role reversal when donkey Ebenezer and Farmer Palmer the pig switch cart positions on their periled trip back from an otherwise successful market day. Full-color storybook illustrations by Steig do not come to auction often, and this one is particularly charming.