DescriptionGeorge Cruikshank Original Drawings for Puss in Boots Signed. Found on two leaves measuring 5.5" x 8.75", each of which features preliminary drawings in pencil and watercolor for the fourth and final title of Cruikshank's Fairy Library, published in London in 1864. The sketches represent potential drawings for the frontispiece and first two plates in the book.
The first sheet (on the left) features two illustrations: the upper was used in the book with the title, "Tom Puss telling the King that his Master the Marquess of Carabas is in the River!," and the lower, showing the title character leaving a dwelling, was intended for the title page, but was never used. Signed at the lower edge "Geo. Cruikshank." On the verso are two plans, written in pencil and entirely in Cruikshank's hand, listing the eleven drawings which Cruikshank intended to use, though neither are what ended up in the final, published version.
The second sheet (on the right), titled "Plate 2" near the upper edge, features three small illustrations: the uppermost appears to be a landscape scene that was never used, the middle was used in the book with the title, "Tom Puss, after his master is dressed, introduces him to the King - as the Marquess of Carabas!," and the lower sketch shows the master exiting a windmill that was also never used. Signed near the lower left corner "G Ck."
Both leaves are inlaid into a larger sheet to an overall size of 12.25" x 9.25" titled "Puss in Boots" at the lower edge. According to provenance included in this lot, these drawings were once in the collection of H.W. Bruton, an executor to Cruikshank's estate.
Condition: A 1.5" tear at the upper edge touches the upper left corner of the second sheet, but does not affect the drawings. Scattered foxing spots and light toning.
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