Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions’ February Sale of Watercolours, Drawings and Prints A set of 38 witty signed and dated pen and ink drawings by one of the most prolific English artists and children’s book illustrators of his generation, Walter Crane (1845–1915), will be offered in Dre
and film director Charles Laughton and his wife Elsa Lanchester, 42 original sketches, signed by the novelist Norman Mailer for the film adaptation of his book The Naked and the Dead, are the product of a collaborative effort between Laughton and Mailer. Nine of the sketches relate to scenes in the novel, including views of the island from the invasion fleet, views of the pass, the structure of the rapids traversed by Croft and Wilson and a scene from Croft's 'time machine', one of a series of flash-backs that populate the novel. The remaining sketches depict characters in the novel, in the cases of Cummings and Croft, Mailer has supplied sketches for both 'outer' and 'inner' appearance. The sketches contain additional annotations and provide an insight into the rather jocular nature of this nascent collaboration. Sold as one lot the sketches are estimated to sell for £4,000 – 6,000. [Lot 232]
The sale is on view at Bloomsbury House, Maddox Street, London, from Sunday - Tuesday, 9-11 February. Online bidding with no additional premium will be available via www.bloomsburyauctions.com.
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