ADDAMS, CHARLES Original drawing "Now Remember-act casual."
Pen and ink with ink washes and Chinese white, on illustration board. Signed "Chas Addams" at lower left within the drawing, with a presentation inscription For Jane and John/with love/Chas Addams/New York/1956. Image approximately 14 x 14 inches (36 x 36 cm), including caption; board 18 1/2 x 18 3/4 inches (47 x 47.5 cm); the recto with cropping marks in pencil, the verso with The New Yorker stamp and a variety of pencil and crayon notations. Some lightstain, adhesive traces from an old mat around the edges of the board, well clear of the drawing.
A classic New Yorker drawing by Addams, this was first published on page 27 of the 26 July 1952 issue of The New Yorker magazine. It was later published on page 2 of his 1954 collection Homebodies. The recipient "John" was the writer John Gunther, best known for his book Death Be Not Proud.
C The Collection of Jane and John Gunther
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