Circa 1923/24, image size (landscape) 275 x 365 mm, 11 x 14½ inches, a very busy illustration for children showing a large crowd of toys all rushing towards the palace which is in the background, lots of different sorts of dolls, a golliwog, rabbit, a dog on wheels, clowns, a monkey, plus 3 odd looking footmen on the balcony clashing cymbals. It is a rough sketch heavily worked in places, 3 tiny pale fox spots. Shepard signed it first in the bottom righthand corner, but scrubbed that and signed in a decorative cartouche in the top left corner. For publication that too was scrubbed and it was signed at the bottom left. The book for which Methuen commissioned the drawing was "an abbreviation of the large and sumptuous work called The Book of the Queen's Dolls' House", a 2 volume limited edition in which the Shepard endpapers do not appear. The "abbreviation" is the cheap trade edition "EVERYBODY'S BOOK OF THE QUEEN'S DOLLS' HOUSE" published in 1924, the same year as the limited edition. Shepard's celebrated illustrations for When We Were Very Young (also for Methuen) appeared the same year and those and our drawing are among his earliest illustrations for children. The drawing is in a large cream mount ready for framing and is offered with a fair copy of the book. Price includes VAT. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE, FURTHER IMAGES ON REQUEST. POSTAGE AT COST.
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