Clare Turlay Newberry wrote and illustrated seventeen children’s books—all but three of which were about cats, and nearly all taken from real life. Four of her books were honored with the Caldecott award. This print, published in 1943 by Harper & Brothers, is a fine reproduction of Newberry’s watercolor and crayon drawing of the same year illustrating her Caldecott-winning book, April’s Kittens. It is a formal portrait of a not-formal animal (or maybe a not-formal portrait of a formal animal?); it is adorable and beautifully executed at the same time.
Fine Art Reproductions
Harper & Brothers
Signed in the plate. Title and original print date printed en recto bottom left.
Custom matted and framed in a solid Ash frame behind 99% UV-filtering art glass using strictly conservation-grade materials. This work is stored unframed and will be framed upon ordering, which in some cases may delay delivery by a day and may be framed slightly differently than pictured. Please contact us if you wish to discuss framing options.
Very good condition. Age toning less than might be expected in an 80-year-old wartime print. Modest and unobtrusive foxing.
22 in. (h) x 17 in. (w) x 1 in. (d)
16.5 in. (h) x 11 in. (w)
Reviewed: Kirkus Reviews, 1943.