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Lent, Blair (1930-2009) Artist's Idea Notebooks.

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Books & Manuscripts - 2687B
Date / Time :
November 17, 2013 11:00AM


Lent, Blair (1930-2009) Artist's Idea Notebooks.
Two small quarto-format softcover notebooks, marked Research #1 and #3, approximately 40 leaves each; the first filled with various drawings and notes in pencil and ink, the other with drawings and notes on about half of the pages; with Lent's name and address written in his own hand inside the front cover of each volume, a Boston address crossed out in the first notebook, replaced with 10 Dana Street, Cambridge; the Cambridge address only in the second; some wear and browning, a few chips, outer covers worn, taped, becoming detached, pages removed (likely blanks) from the second notebook.
Lent is known for his children's book illustration, especially Tikki Tikki Tembo, 1968, and The Funny Little Woman, which won the Newbery in 1973. These idea books likely date from the 1970s as well. In them, Lent has theme-based sketches that range broadly. He sketches ancient Mesoamerican civilizations, the circus, Japan, American Indians, Quakers, Christmas, Baba Yaga, Aztecs, Russian folk art and costume, hedgehogs, Assyrian motifs, the Middle East, lighthouses, American Indians of the Pacific Northwest, Hopi, India, Vietnam, Ferris wheels, and miscellaneous flower forms.
Estimate $600-800

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Cambridge, Blair, Hopi, India, Japan, Vietnam