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    Mary Blair "To Good King Andersonia... Supreme Ruler House of Orange" Specialty Drawing for Ken Anderson, Signed by Walt Disney and Others (Walt Disney, c. 1940s). This original painting was created in the early 1940s by Mary Blair for Walt Disney's brilliant art director, color stylist and, later, Imagineer Ken Anderson who was one of her closest friends and fellow artists. She painted it for Mr. Anderson in celebration of Mr. and Mrs. Anderson's ownership of their home and garden in La Cañada, California circa 1940. The land originally was an orange grove, and Ken carted innumerable boxes and bags of oranges into the studio to distribute to his fellow Disney staffers. The present owner of the property wrote that the remaining trees are well over 100 years old and still productive; she delivered over 75 bags or oranges to the local Sheriff and Fire Stations this year as a thank you to the first-responders during the present Covid-19 pandemic. The board to which it is mounted is signed by: Walt Disney (this is, in fact, the only known Mary Blair piece that includes Walt's personal signature); Roy O. Disney; Mary Blair; Norm Ferguson, animator; Fred Moore, animator; Chuck Wolcott, composer and musical director; Al Dempster, background painter; Gail Papineau, camera special effects; John Lounsbery, animator; Elmer Plummer, art director and concept artist; Larry Lansburgh, camera; Hal Doughty, layout artist; Terry (Theresa) Lind, background artist; Vern Papineau, camera; and Ray Rennahan, two-time recipient of the Academy Award and one of the developers of three-strip Technicolor who consulted with Disney on color.

    Mary Blair signed this original twice; once in the image at lower right and on the board with the other signatures. This is likely the only painting by Mary Blair to be so closely associated with Walt Disney's signature. Two of the signers remain unidentified.

    Mary Blair joined her husband, Lee Blair, at The Walt Disney Studios in 1940 as a conceptual artist. She traveled to South America with Walt Disney and El Grupo on the U.S. Government-sponsored goodwill and research trip that resulted in the feature films Saludos Amigos (1943) and The Three Caballeros (1945). That experience was the turning point in her art and career. Her unique design and color styling influenced Disney animation through the making of Peter Pan (1953), and her credits include Song of the South (1946), Melody Time (1948), So Dear to My Heart (1949), Cinderella (1950), Alice in Wonderland (1951), Susie the Little Blue Coupe (1952), and The Little House (1952). After working as an independent artist for a few years, Walt Disney called her back to work in development of It's a Small World for the 1964-65 New York World's Fair, the attraction that continues to display her talent and vision to millions around the world. Her last projects for Disney were two murals for Tomorrowland at Disneyland (now vanished), and the Grand Canyon Concourse mural in the Contemporary Hotel at Walt Disney World, which to this day remains the focal point of the hotel's main public area.

    Ms. Blair died in 1978 in Soquel, California. This original is from the estate of Mary Blair via the estates of Lee Blair, Preston Blair and Kevin Blair. The art is in opaque watercolor on 11.75" x 9.25" paper mounted to 15" x 12" signed board. Matted with an opening of 13.5" x 11" and framed with Plexiglas for an overall size of 21" x 18.5" x 1". In Very Good condition. A Howard Jones Certificate of Authenticity is included.

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