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Peggy Bacon (1895-1987)

Title: Page 14 "...dumped the pancakes in the Atlantic Ocean"
Medium: Pen and ink, ink washes and gouache
Date Of Execution: 1967-68
Dimensions: Image size: 6 3/8 x 4 1/4 inches, Sheet size: 10 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches
Signature: Signed in pencil lower edge and initialed in ink in the bottom right corner of the image
Provenance:

Estate of the artist

Sandy Brook (her son)

References And Exhibitions:
Original illustration art for: The Magic Touch, 1968, published by Little Brown, NY
This image is illustrated on page 14 (see photo of book illustration)
The Magic Touch is a charming children’s book.  The storyline has appeal across all generations.
The image depcits fromleft to rightBen, Ted and Esther dumping breakfast into the ocean.
 
The Magic Touch
Written and illustrated by Peggy Bacon
Location: Somewhere (un-named) along the Maine coast
 
Characters:
 
The Lurie Family
Mr. Lurie
Mrs. Lurie
Ben
Esther
Ted
Perkel, the Lurie’s cat
 
Jason, neighbor boy also summering along the coast at Aunt Addie’s
Boomerang, Jason’s dog
 
Miss Fancher, spinster, gourmet cook, hired by the Lurie’s for their summer stay
 
Storyline
 
A delightful story in five parts, centered around the children finding a tattered “cook” book with recipes, which in reality are recipes for a witch’s transformation by poetic spell, each with an antidote, which brings the children back in human form
 
The children transform into cats, dogs, rabbits and sparrows.  The final transformation helps the old spinster Miss Fancher into an engaging woman finding happiness with a man she knew much earlier in her life.
 
 

 

Condition Notes:
Very good
The usual publishers annotations and markings in the margins (see photo)
Price: (US) $1,200.00
Inventory Number: FA12036

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