Original artwork for "The Two Elves."
Original artwork for "The Two Elves."
Original artwork for "The Two Elves."
Original artwork for "The Two Elves."
Original artwork for "The Two Elves."
Original artwork for "The Two Elves."
Original artwork for "The Two Elves."
Original artwork for "The Two Elves."
(Illustration Art)

Original artwork for "The Two Elves."

Grant, Vernon (illus.)

(c. 1930s). A collection of sixteen vibrant watercolor designs by Vernon Grant for an apparently unpublished children's book called "The Two Elves." Grant was one of the most popular illustrators of the mid-20th century, and his distinctive whimsical style influenced many of his contemporaries, including Walt Disney. Grant is perhaps best known for creating the characters Snap!, Crackle!, and Pop! for Kellogg's Rice Krispies, and the two impish elves depicted in the art for this book bear a close resemblance to their famous brethren, from their oversized ears to their distinctive hats. The story follows the elves on a night-time adventure in a "big airy nursery...plum full of fun" as they spin on a mechanical top, ride a wooden horse, engage in a boxing match, go sailing on a ship with a paper sail and pencil mast, cast for goldfish in a fishbowl, hold a powwow, race in a bright red roadster, feast on tea and cake served by a teddy bear, and dance in a circle with the nursery folk. When the sky begins to brighten, the elves bid their new friends good day, and a final illustration for the back cover of the book shows the weary duo resting under a mushroom in preparation for another night's fun. The brightly-colored watercolor illustrations capture the playful merriment of the story's verses, which a note on the back of the title-page illustration indicates were to be printed in spaces provided below each image, bounded by a watercolor border. Slips typewritten with the text have been provided as placeholders, though the slips were not trimmed and adhered to six of the sheets. Fine, with only two letters in title rubbed and minor adhesive staining to margins of some sheets. A previously unknown work by an important American illustrator. Item #27702

Price: $5,500.00