April 6, 2017 10:00 EST

1,000 Years of Collecting

 
  Lot 40
 
Lot 40 - QUENTIN BLAKE  (BRITISH, B. 1932)

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QUENTIN BLAKE (BRITISH, B. 1932)
"WE RACED ACROSS THE SKY, THE ROLY POLY BIRD AND I"

Signed bottom left, pen, black ink and watercolor on Arches.
Executed circa 1984.
15 x 11 7/8 in. (38.1 x 30.2cm)

Provenance: Jeffrey M. Kaplan, Washington, D.C.

note:
Quentin Blake is a British cartoonist and illustrator. He is perhaps best known for his collaborations with Roald Dahl, many of whose classic children's books he famously illustrated. The Roly Poly Bird is featured in several of Dahl's stories, including "The Enormous Crocodile" and "The Twits." The present example references a line from Dahl's short story "The Toad and the Snail" from the book of poems "Dirty Beasts," in which a young boy encounters the Roly Poly Bird on one of his many adventures. Blake illustrated the second edition of "Dirty Beasts," which was published in 1984.

Sold for $4,375
Estimated at $1,000 - $1,500


 

Signed bottom left, pen, black ink and watercolor on Arches.
Executed circa 1984.
15 x 11 7/8 in. (38.1 x 30.2cm)

Provenance: Jeffrey M. Kaplan, Washington, D.C.

note:
Quentin Blake is a British cartoonist and illustrator. He is perhaps best known for his collaborations with Roald Dahl, many of whose classic children's books he famously illustrated. The Roly Poly Bird is featured in several of Dahl's stories, including "The Enormous Crocodile" and "The Twits." The present example references a line from Dahl's short story "The Toad and the Snail" from the book of poems "Dirty Beasts," in which a young boy encounters the Roly Poly Bird on one of his many adventures. Blake illustrated the second edition of "Dirty Beasts," which was published in 1984.

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