The New School of Dancing 1940. Garth Williams.
The New School of Dancing 1940

Original Cartoon from the Illustrator of Charlotte's Web

The New School of Dancing 1940

Notes: Original pen-and-ink and watercolor drawing. Paper measures roughly 9 by 8 inches, cut by hand from a larger sheet and not quite a rectangle.

In this drawing, Williams mocks modern dance, depicting the dancers as a sort of reverse mobile, attached by wires and driven by a pully from the base.

This unpublished drawing was likely made in Europe, where Williams studied fine art for a number of years at the Royal College of Art in London and the British School in Rome. When he returned to New Yorker, he spent three unsuccessful years drawing for the New Yorker, which published only a handful of his pieces. While working for the magazine, he met the writer E. B. White, who recommended Williams to illustrate his children's books, Stuart Little and Charlotte's Web. Williams' career as an illustrator of beloved children's books began with E. B. White and continued for decades.

PROVENANCE: Williams (1912–1996) retired to Marfil, a small village outside of Guanajuato, Mexico. Twenty years after his death, many of his remaining drawings were sold to the public, including this one.

Edition + Condition: Near fine. Signed "G.W." in ink. Captioned by the artist in ink.

Publication: 1940.

Item No: #361617

Price: $250