Original pen-and-ink drawing used in the first Oz book both written and illustrated by Neill, who illustrated every Oz book from 1904 to 1942.
Original drawing for THE WONDER CITY OF OZ
After Baum had a falling out with W.W. Denslow, the illustrator of THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ, John R. Neill took on the job of illustrating the second Oz book, THE MARVELOUS LAND OF OZ (1904). He continued illustrating the series beyond Baum's death, providing the legitimacy of continuity for Ruth Plumly Thompson, Baum's successor. WONDER CITY OF OZ is the first of three Oz books written (and illustrated) by Neill after Thompson stepped back; his authored works are considered part of the Famous Forty, the Oz canon. This drawing appears as half-page chapter head on page 50 of the book. Depicted is a dejected looking Quadling boxer looking at Jenny who sits in a window.
n.p. n.p, [no later than 1940]. 8.5'' x 11''. Single sheet of paper with pencil guide lines finished in ink. Annotated by Neill in lower right-hand corner in ink and pencil: "Heading Chapt - 8 [crossed out]" in ink; "15, p.84" in pencil; "#12" in pencil in lower left-hand corner. One fold to paper, not affecting image.
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