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    Garth Williams. Illustration #18, Charlotte's Web.

    Garth Williams. Original studies for illustration #18 (appearing on page 66) of Charlotte's Web, 1952: Charlotte in her web. Pencil on paper. Two sheets: one measuring 10.875 x 8.5 inches, and one sheet torn in half, measuring approximately 6.5 x 8.5 inches. Both drawings initialed by Williams at lower right. Very faint strip of discoloration at top of full sheet. Else fine.

    Garth Williams struggled mightily to come up with an appropriate face for Charlotte the spider. These are two of his efforts, with one featuring his amusing homage to Leonardo's Mona Lisa. (For many, many more examples of Williams' ideas for just how to draw Charlotte's face, please see Lot 36416:*36416.) From the Estate of Garth Williams.

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