Garth Montgomery Williams (Colorado, 1912-1996) archive of forty-two (42) pen and ink or pencil on paper drawings related to his illustrations for George Selden's children's books THE CRICKET IN TIMES SQUARE published by Ariel Books, 1960; TUCKER'S COUNTRYSIDE and HARRY CAT'S PET PUPPY, published by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1969 and 1974; and CHESTER CRICKET'S NEW HOME, published by J. M. Dent and Sons, Ltd., 1983. 1st item: Pen and ink on stock paper illustration titled "Max Lifted a Paw and Cuffed Miss Catherine," included in the children's book HARRY CAT'S PET PUPPY, p. 128, depicting Max, smacking Miss Catherine on the side of the head in close proximity to Huppy, Harry Cat, a pigeon, and Tucker Mouse in a street setting. Unsigned. Pencil and ink notations, lower right. Ink stamp for Farrar Straus and Giroux, Inc., Production Department, New York, NY with pencil numeral, en verso. 13 3/4" H x 9 1/4" W. 2nd item: Pen and ink on stock paper preliminary illustration for TUCKER'S COUNTRYSIDE, depicting Tucker Mouse outside in the rain before a grasshopper on a patch of grass, fore and middle ground, a stump in the background. Signed "Garth Williams" lower left. Pencil numeral en verso. 13 7/8" H x 11 1/8" W. 3rd item: Pen and ink on stock preliminary illustration for CHESTER CRICKET'S NEW HOME, Chapter 5, p. 54, in which Walter Water Snake "…discovered a hunk of floating wood…and slithered on top of it…And promptlycapsized".Signed "Garth Williams", with addition ink and pencil inscriptions, lower center under image and top left above image. Penciland ink numerals en verso. Piece of transfer paper taped en verso and foldedover image with additional pencil notations. 14 3/4" H x 11 3/4" W.4th-42nd items: Thirty-nine (39) pencil on paper preliminary drawings and rough sketches for illustrations from THE CRICKET IN TIMES SQUARE, depicting Tucker Mouse, Harry Cat, Chester the cricket, and other characters from the book. All signed "GW", twenty (20) with page numbers or other pencil notations. Pencil numerals, en verso. Ranging in size from 10 7/8" H x 8 1/2" W to 13 1/8" H x 8 7/8" W. Mid/third quarter 20th century. CONDITION: 1st-2nd items: Overall very good condition. 3rd item: Overall good condition with light toning. 3 1/2" area of tears top right of transfer paper.4th-42nd items: Largest drawing with horizontal crease, all other items with minor thumb soiling, stains, largest 1/2".
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