Laurent de Brunhoff Preliminary artwork for Babar Comes to America

27 Mar

Author and illustrator (b. 1925) best known for continuing the Babar the Elephant series of children’s books, created by his father. Four fabulous original preliminary watercolor illustrations for the famous work Babar Comes to America on two 8.25 x 12 cardstock sheets. The first sheet, headed “6. Going to New York,” and signed in pencil, “Laur de Brunhoff,” has a charming sketch of Babar preparing for his trip to New York by exchanging his crown for a black hat, with the second illustration below showing him strolling through an airport terminal. The second sheet is labeled “15. New-York,” with the first painting showing Babar browsing an antiques shop, initialed in the lower corner in pencil, “LB.” Below is the largest illustration, showing the elephant taking in the New York jazz scene, signed in the lower left in pencil, “Laur de Brunhoff.” In fine condition, with tape remnants to edges. Babar Comes to America was first published in 1965 and remains one of Brunhoff’s most popular books. Invited to meet the president of the United States, Babar explores the country’s landmarks on a whirlwind tour that takes him from New York to San Francisco. As vivid illustrations of the classic children’s book character, these are miniature masterpieces. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA.


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