Lot 91
  • 91

'Krazy Kat' Sunday comic strip drawing by George Herriman, circa 1920

Estimate
10,000 - 15,000 USD
Sold
16,375 USD
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Description

  • paper, wood, glass, ink
Ink on paper, signed in the lower margin, framed; together with related correspondences; 16 pieces total

In this comic, Ignatz finds a pair of spectacles, but finds out that he instead is seeing double! The drawing seems to reference the 1917-1919 silent movies of Harold Lloyd, more specifically his "Glasses" character.

Provenance

Hung in the office of Sam Simon

Catalogue Note

In 1910, George Herriman was hired to work in the Comic Art Department of The New York Evening Journal. It was here that he created Krazy Kat, also featuring Ignatz Mouse, and Offissa Pupp, three animals involved in an unexpected love triangle. The characters reflect Herriman’s multi-cultural background, and speak in phonetic dialects inspired by Creole, African-American, Brooklyn English, Yiddish, American-Indian, and Spanish. Krazy Kat had a strong following in artist and intellectual communities and has become very popular amongst collectors as Herriman is heralded as one of the greatest cartoonists in the 20th century. There are records of letters between Simon and dealers in the 1970’s looking specifically for a piece of Krazy Kat original art.
 
 
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