Ludwig Bemelmans (1898-1963)
Sketch for 'Madeline in London': "A Little Sunshine, A Little Rain"
signed 'Bemelmans' and stamped 'Bemelmans/Madeline' (lower right)--inscribed indistinctly with title (along the lower edge)
mixed media on paperboard
24 x 21¼ in. (61 x 54 cm.)
Executed circa 1961.
Please note this lot is the property of a private individual.
Hammer Galleries, New York.
Private collection, acquired from the above.
By descent to the present owner.
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The present work is a sketch for a scene from Ludwig Bemelmans' Madeline in London, published in 1961. The story centers around a time when Madeline and her schoolmates visit their old neighbor, Pepito, in London for his birthday. When the girls give Pepito a horse as a birthday gift, they are at first dismayed to see that the horse has eaten almost everything in their neighbor's garden. As a result Ms. Clavel eases their minds, confirming "A Little Sunshine, A Little Rain, and it will all be the same again." (L. Bemelmans, Madeline in London, New York, 1961)