Harold Gaze studied at the Byam Shaw and Vicat Cole School of Art, in Kensington, and also at the Polytechnic School of Art, in Regent Street. At the start of the First World War, Gaze was rejected from active military service, and was instead involved in the munitions industry, a role that brought him to New York in 1916. The following year, his illustrations were first published, by G. P. Putnam’s Sons, of New York, appearing in Rose Strong Hubbell’s 'If I Could Fly: Stories in Free Verse for Children'. His first title bearing his own text as well as artwork was 'The Wicked Winkapong', which appeared in 1918, properly beginning his career.
After Gaze moved to Pasadena in 1927, his output as an illustrator of children's books slowed, as he preferred to produce independent watercolors that he exhibited at various locations in California and around the U.S. more broadly. Gaze also worked for Disney Studios for many years, and was at one point involved with the production of 'Fantasia'. The inclusion of bubbles—a subtle feature of the present lot—became one of the hallmarks of his aesthetic, and led to him becoming known as "The Bubble Man".
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