Circa 1930s. Ink and gouache drawing. 6 x 6.75 inches, signed "Rick Van Rey", matted, glazed, with mat and frame in yellow frame and (12 5/8 by 13 5/8 in. by Whistler Gallery of Basking Ridge, N.J., Probably intended for a planned book.
Exhibited: Johnson & Johnson Art Exchange Program, "Children's Book Illustrations from the 19th and Early 20th Centuries", December 1990.
Provenance: Kendra and Allan Daniel, as both collectors and dealers, stand in the forefront of the relatively recent recognition of children's illustration as fine art.
The Daniels approach the selection of children's illustration with the same connoisseurship as they have with their superb private collection of American folk art. "As a collector," Kendra has explained, "it is spiritually rewarding to cultivate the child in oneself... to be open to new ways of seeing art...that reflect the condition of childhood." They have never set out to collect every important illustrator of the last two centuries. Item #51-1473