1908 Arthur Rackham Illustration
I was very excited to see when you removed the bubble wrap today that you had an Arthur Rackham original.
I got it from the estate of James Langstroth. He died in 1961. He was my Boy Scout leader when I was in the Boy Scouts. And we were very good friends all of our lives. He was quite a collector of books, he was an outdoorsman and a true gentleman all the way.
Well, Arthur Rackham is probably the most celebrated children's book illustrator from England. And he started out working in a fire insurance office while he took art classes, and from there he progressed to illustrating magazines before he went on to book illustration. Some of his earliest book jobs were Grimm's Fairy Tales, and Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens. And this really established him as a master of the art of illustration. And you have some wonderful fairies here. What did you say this is an illustration for?
This is an illustration from Midsummer Night's Dream.
It shows the making of the little elves' clothes. And it's dated 1908 down here on the lower right. There's a lot of detail. They're sewing here in the background. You must have an idea of what this is worth.
I wouldn't voice an opinion on it. I didn't bring it up to sell it.
Well, I think at auction this would do very well. I would say we might put something like $30,000 to $60,000 on it, but I would expect that it would sell towards the high end of that figure. And for insurance purposes, you could even say as much as $75,000 or $80,000. Thanks so much for bringing it in. It's really a joy...
Thank you very much.
Always to see the work of Arthur Rackham.
Oh, yes. I wish I had more of it.
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