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DescriptionWinsor McCay Gertie the Dinosaur Production Drawing #196 (1914). Offered here is an original inked artwork by Winsor McCay from the historic 1914 Gertie the Dinosaur short -- the landmark film that was the first to establish the success of hand-drawn animation with the masses. Gertie was animation's first true superstar, and McCay drew each scene on rice paper before the use of acetate cels began. Before nitrate cels, and hand-painted backgrounds, his was considered a state-of-the-art production -- all it took was peerless drawing talent. This is a superb large-scale Gertie image, approximately 4.5" tall, rubbing his face on the ground and moving his foot. Also known as Gertie the Trained Dinosaur, this immortal cartoon is currently ranked #6 in Jerry Beck's book The 50 Greatest Cartoons. This takes us back to where the animation art form first flourished! Ink production drawing #196 was drawn on rice paper, mounted to board, and floated in a frame with glass to an overall 12" x 14.5". Frame sold as-is. Overall condition of this 100-year-old piece is Very Good. From the Robert Forbes Collection.
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