This sale presents over 100 fine ink and watercolour drawings by some of the finest book illustration artists, including Edmund Dulac, Kay Nielsen, Beatrix Potter, Arthur Rackham, William Heath Robinson, E.H. Shepard and John Tenniel.
The image of Christopher Robin dragging Winnie-the-Pooh down a flight of stairs is an exceptional piece. This is the first depiction of these characters in Winnie-the-Pooh (Methuen, 1926) and one of the best-known illustrations in children’s literature.
Edmund Dulac is represented by eighteen pieces, including six illustrations from Stories from The Arabian Nights (Hodder and Stoughton, 1907), three illustrations from The Tempest (Hodder and Stoughton, 1908) and four illustrations from Edgar Allan Poe’s The Bells and other poems (Hodder and Stoughton, 1912).
There are twelve ink drawings from Kay Nielsen’s edition of Hans Andersen’s Fairy Tales (Hodder and Stoughton, 1924), including divisional title illustrations for ‘The Snow Queen’ and ‘The Hardy Tin Soldier’. Nielsen is also represented by two major watercolours including one of Hansel and Gretel.
There are twenty-four pieces by Arthur Rackham in the collection, spanning the artist’s entire career, from his earliest contributions to late Victorian periodicals through to the early 1930s. Titles represented include Rip van Winkle, Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens and Hans Andersen’s Fairy Tales.
This is the finest single-owner collection of original book illustrations to be offered at auction. The quality and number of works by some artists is unprecedented and the collection is a testament to a discerning and remarkable collector.