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Lot #1390
Mary Blair concept painting of Alice and Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland

The Cheshire Cat loses his head in a Mary Blair panorama for Alice in Wonderland

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The Cheshire Cat loses his head in a Mary Blair panorama for Alice in Wonderland

(Walt Disney Studios, 1951) Outstanding original concept painting by Mary Blair for Alice in Wonderland, showing the surprised Alice climbing the Cheshire Cat's tree on a moonlit night in the Tulgey Wood; the purple cat grins menacingly while holding his head above his body. Stunningly rendered in shades of purple, blue, and black, the scene is a superb example of Blair's artistic style—the dark composition aptly captures the Cheshire Cat's mischievous nature and Alice's astonishment at seeing him. Accomplished in tempera on 19.75 x 9.25 artist's board. In fine condition, with tack holes at 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. A stunning, well-composed panoramic painting featuring Blair's stylish interpretation of two of Disney's most desirable characters.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts Featuring Animation
  • Dates: #649 - Ended December 07, 2022