Notes: Original pen-and-ink with charcoal cartoon drawing. Roughly 8 by 6 inches (oblong), cut manually and not quite a rectangle..
This drawing, apparently a commentary on New York real estate, shows a large vacant corner lot filled with wrecked cars with the optimistic sign, "This Land for Sale." The long, narrow drawing fills the upper third of the sheet.
This unpublished drawing made for the New Yorker magazine dates from 1943 to 1946, when Williams was a staff illustrator. Only seven of his drawings ever appeared in The New Yorker during his three years there, but it did lead to a connection with New Yorker 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: Small red mark in upper right, else fine. Signed "G.W." in ink and "Garth Williams" in pencil.
Item No: #361619