Original watercolor used in the Newbery Honor book, published in 1936 by Viking, with the first appearance of the famous Madeline.
This watercolor appears on page 81 of the book, following the adventures of two little girls and their father who move into the Golden Basket Hotel in Bruges, Belgium. During an outing with the hotel owner and his son, the group's boat capsizes. Managing to crawl into a museum, the two little girls settle into a coach while the owner's son sits in a display sleigh. This watercolor depicts two ladies visiting the military exhibit in the museum where the sleigh is located. Shocked at the mysterious noises coming from the sleigh, they become convinced that a corpse is hidden within. The colors are rich and the image quite detailed. Bemelmans' original art from books is not easily found. This piece comes from the collection of a woman well known in the '40s and '50s as a graphic designer, art director and illustrator who was a personal friend of Bemelmans.
n.p. n.p, [No later than 1936]. 8'' x 11''. Watercolor on artist board. Matted.
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