Ludwig Bemelmans (American, 1898-1962)
I'm Sorry the Horse Must Go
Signed "Bemelmans" l.r., inscribed "A little sunshine-A little rain/ and your garden
will be the same again--/ "Quite so--Quite so--/but I'm sorry the horse must go" within the composition.
Tempera and graphite on Whatman drawing board, 28 1/4 x 23 1/4 in. (71.8 x 59.1 cm), framed.
Condition: Very subtle bowing to board.
Provenance: Acquired from the artist in 1962 by Hammer Galleries, New York (No. 18743-25); Sotheby Parke Bernet, American, French & Other Modern Paintings, Drawings & Sculptures, November 30, 1966, Sale 2487, Lot 62, [...] purchased in Union, New Jersey, c. 1970; present owners by descent.
N.B. We wish to thank Laura McKenzie, Hammer Galleries, for her kind assistance cataloguing the lot.
The present work relates to a version published in Madeline in London, 1961.
Pencil crop marks along left and bottom frame liners; partial fingerprint u.c. and at the end of a sun ray along top frame liner; gentle toning; no additional condition issues to report.