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Eyvind Earle preliminary concept background painting from Lady and the Tramp ('Bella Notte')

Remarkable preliminary panorama painting by Eyvind Earle for the romantic 'Bella Notte' sequence

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Remarkable preliminary panorama painting by Eyvind Earle for the romantic 'Bella Notte' sequence

(Walt Disney Studios, 1955) Exquisite original preliminary panorama concept background painting by Eyvind Earle from Lady and the Tramp, showing the famous candlelit table in the alleyway behind Tony's Restaurant from the memorable 'Bella Notte' scene. This preliminary concept differs from the film's final version in that the table lacks a tablecloth—perhaps Earle envisioned Tony dramatically laying out the checkered cloth before serenading the dogs during their romantic spaghetti supper. Accomplished in gouache on 30 x 12.5 artist's paper, the highly detailed painting boasts all the hallmarks of Earle's production work—a refined and well-selected palette, superb use of light, and dramatic, yet well-composed, perspective. From the glow in the door frame to the textured brickwork, no small detail was overlooked in the creation of this masterpiece. Annotated on the reverse with animation sequence numbers. In fine condition.

Though chiefly employed as a background artist, Eyvind Earle was also assigned to create concepts for Lady and the Tramp's 'Sequence 7'—otherwise known as the 'Bella Notte' scene. In accomplishing the task, he created almost 50 miniature concept sketches, and—as here evinced—several larger ones. He was a key contributor to the animation of the classic film, and would go on to serve as production designer for Sleeping Beauty. A remarkable piece of original artwork prepared for one of Disney's most iconic scenes by one of its most celebrated artists.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts, Ft. Prince
  • Dates: #627 - Ended January 12, 2022