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Lot #1033
Mary Blair original concept painting of Playing Card guards for Alice in Wonderland

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(Walt Disney Studios, 1953) Exceptional original concept painting by Mary Blair for Alice in Wonderland, which depicts a pair of imposing Playing Card sentries, the loyal servants and guards of The Queen of Hearts. Blair adds a uniquely threatening tone to this work, with the visageless watchmen standing armed and tall against a menacing red sky, the silhouette of the queen’s castle visible in the distance. Accomplished in tempera on 8.25 x 6.25 artist’s board. In fine condition, with tack holes to corners.

Blair was a concept artist for Disney during the 1940s and early 1950s, working on designs for such films as Peter Pan, Cinderella, and Alice in Wonderland. She also created designs for several Disney attractions (including It's a Small World), and her largest work ever, the multi-story mosaic in Disney World's Contemporary Hotel concourse.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts, Ft. Animation
  • Dates: #620 - Ended November 10, 2021