- A superb archive of drawings assembled by the artist's son Jeremy. Ca. 1930's–1990s
- ink and paper
The drawings in this collection attest to the stylistic variety and varied content of Steig's output, spanning six decades. There are drawings (including two covers) done for the New Yorker, in addition to work done for Collier's and other publications. There are published and unpublished pen-and-ink drawings of an odd and wonderful assortment of human beings, not to mention wise and stylish cats and dogs, some in human attire.
It was not until 1961, however, that Steig decided to tackle a new audience: children. His books for these discerning readers are still immensely popular, especially Shrek! Jeremy Steig acquired complete sets of the vivid watercolor illustrations for two of the finest, Caleb and Kate (1986) and The Zabajaba Jungle (1991).
This remarkable selection of William Steig's work has been in Japan, where Jeremy lived, for many years and has not been exhibited. Jeremy Steig was a noted jazz-fusion flutist, who recorded solo and also with a number of other musicians, including Johnny Winter, Paul Winter Sextet, and Lalo Schifirin.
Additional images for this lot are available from the Books and Manuscripts Dept.