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WILLIAM WALLACE DENSLOW (1856-1915) Two illustrations for Denslow's Three Bears book.
"The soup was now ready and they were all hungry..." page 8 * ... and merry sports upon the icy lake or snowy hills in winter." page 12. Denslow's Three Bears. Adapted and Illustrated by W. W. Denslow (New York: G.W. Dillingham Co., 1903). Two pen and ink illustrations with graphite and correction fluid on a single Winsor & Newton illustration board. Illustrations measure 265x197 mm; 10 1/2x7 3/4 inches each; the fullboard measures 15x21 3/4 inches. Each signed "Den" and with his seahorse monogram. Matted and framed to 18 1/4x26 1/2 inches.
Among the most popular titles from the "Denslow's Picture Books for Children" series for which he retold each classic fairy tale, eliminating incidences of cruelty and coarseness. Here, the bears feed, entertain, and protect the young orphan "Golden Hair" and her beloved grandmother in a gentle twist on previous traditional iterations that often presented the child as a greedy and disrespectful intruder in the bears' home.