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Sunday, February 2, 2014

Denslow Scarecrows

In my last post, I showed a piece of original art by W. W. Denslow featuring the Scarecrow and Tin Man, from Denslow's 1904 comic page. Just a week and a half ago, a very rare original drawing from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was sold at Swann Galleries in New York. This is one of only a handful ever offered at auction - most of the original art from this book is in public collections. I would certainly have loved to add this piece to my own collection!

The illustration is from the opening of Chapter 4, and shows the Scarecrow being created by a Munchkin farmer. In the book, the drawing is printed primarily in light blue, with text covering part of the image.

Denslow drawings of Oz characters don't turn up very often, but the last two months have been surprising! Between this piece and the four that were offered at Bonham's in December, the Scarecrow has been a popular fellow -  those four pieces can be seen below:


Atticus Gannaway said...

And there's mine! I, too, have been surprised at all the original Denslow art suddenly surfacing.

Bill Campbell said...

It's one of those bizarre circumstances that I wouldn't count on happening too often!