Wednesday, July 23, 2008

"Once upon a time there were four little Rabbits, and their names were--Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail, and Peter."- Beatrix Potter

Any mention of Peter Rabbit is sure to bring back warm childhood memories. BBC News recently reported an original watercolor illustration by the popular children’s author Beatrix Potter has set an auction record for the sale of a book illustration. The water color fetched over five times the presale estimate, selling for about $580,000 at a Sotheby's auction in London. The water color, painted by Potter in the 1890s, is the final scene from “The Rabbits’ Christmas Party” sequence, depicting a group of rabbits enjoying a traditional Christmas.

The Rabbits' Christmas Party, Illustration by Beatrix Potter

Sotheyby's auction reported the buyer of the watercolor is a privet British collector. "The Rabbits' Christmas Party" was one of 20 illustrations, books, Christmas cards and letters by Ms. Potter for sale in the auction, which in total brought in almost $1.5 million.

On of the Biggs very own illustrations by Frank E. Schoonover

In addition to a fine collection of paintings, furniture and sculpture, the Biggs is proud to feature the largest public holding of illustrations by American illustrator, Frank E. Schoonover. Better known as the "room with the pirates", the Schoonover Gallery is an excellent place to visit if you happen to be an illustration fan.

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