New York: Harper and Row, 1971.
Offset lithograph. Image measures 5 1/2" x 15 1/4". Sheet measures 10 1/4" x 18 1/2". Unsigned.
The original print of artwork from Maurice Sendak's 1965 "Hector Protector" was part of a boxed set released by Harper and Row in 1971. Entitled "Pictures by Maurice Sendak," the set includes original prints of images from the author's books, here printed on single sheets rather than on two-page spreads. This particular image shows Hector Protector with a lion and a snake, arriving at the Queen's Room. In the story, naughty Hector is sent to bring a cake to the queen, despite his complaints. He arrives without the cake, but with a lion and a snake he encountered on the way. Sendak's illustration playfully communicates the emotion and personalities of the scene through the queen's look of dismay, and Hector's expression and pose reflecting his disobedience. This print is characteristic of Sendak's work - the vivid colors and variety of textures speak to the author's beloved style, and the scene appears to be somewhat frightening for children, a theme that caused controversy for Sendak throughout his career. The print is in very good condition with wide margins as issued. Some faint foxing in margins, not affecting the image.
Maurice Sendak (1928-2012) was an American illustrator and writer known for his children's books. Producing illustrations for other authors as well as for television, he is best remembered for "Where the Wild Things Are," which is considered by some to be one of the first contemporary picture books.This print is a lovely example and memento of his work. Scarce.