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RACKHAM, Arthur.

Original watercolour from Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens:

"He passed under the bridge and came within full sight of the delectable Gardens".

London: 1906 Stock Code: 138694
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Original watercolour from the book, original Leicester Galleries exhibition labels

Signed and dated by Rackham, this original watercolour features the scene where Peter steers his little nest-ship, built for him by the thrushes, into Kensington Gardens. After the enormous success of the play Peter Pan, which opened on 27 December 1904 and broke all previous theatrical records, Barrie sanctioned the publication, in collaboration with Rackham as illustrator. The text was extracted, with minor revisions, from Barrie's book-within-a-book in his London story-collection for adults, The Little White Bird (1902), and it was published specifically as a children's gift book in 1906.

This painting, along with all the other originals from the book Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, was exhibited by Ernest Brown & Phillips at the Leicester Galleries, December 1906, and has two exhibition labels on the verso: the Ernest Brown & Phillips label; and another printed exhibition label with the date and other details entered by hand, noting this as no. 21 in the exhibition, sold to the Hon. Walter James i.e. Walter John James, 3rd Baron Northbourne (1869-1932).

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Ink and watercolour on paper (179 x 258 mm), within original buff card mount, outlined in black and grey ink and gold paper, glazed with UV protection glass in the original Leicester Galleries gilt frame (430 x 528 mm).


Small chip to lower right corner of frame, few faint marks to mount, tape renewed around the verso of the frame where the watercolour has been removed for examination; excellent condition in the original frame.


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