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DescriptionAlice in Wonderland Storybook Painted Illustration by Mel Crawford with Book and Record (Walt Disney, 1951). Presented is lovely original art by the hand of prolific illustrator Mel Crawford (1925-2015): a title page created for the RCA Victor Records storybook album Alice in Wonderland. Released the same year as the film, this record featured the original cast with Kathryn Beaumont as Alice, Ed Wynn as the Mad Hatter, Jerry Colonna as the March Hare and Sterling Holloway as the Cheshire Cat. This original illustration features a wide variety of beloved characters from the film: Tweedledee and Tweedledum, The White Rabbit, The Queen of Hearts, Bill the Lizard, The March Hare, The Cheshire Cat, The Walrus, The Carpenter, The Oysters and The Caterpillar. In addition, this lot includes a copy of the first printing of the book, and within its inside cover is the record. Canadian illustrator Mel Crawford was one of the greatest children's book illustrators of the 50s and 60s, creating artwork for storybook adaptations of virtually every animated feature and tv show of the era you can think of. Mr. Crawford won the Franklin Mint Gold Award for his paintings as well as several Grumbacher Gold Medals, and he was a longtime leading artist for Whitman Publishing. His original art, especially that of Disney storybooks, is extremely rare. This wonderful piece is rendered in gouache on 10" x 13" illustration board with cut-and-paste elements. The board shows handling wear and trimming with staining/debris in places and mild smudging. The book and the record are in poor shape and are sold as is. The condition overall is Good.
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