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Garth Williams signed artwork -- done in pencil, watercolor and ink -- of his cover illustration for ''Emmett's Pig''. The artist, whose endearing drawings have filled the pages of such classics as ''Little House on the Prairie'' and ''Charlotte's Web,'' signs ''Garth Williams'' in pencil to verso. Mary Stolz's touching tale about a city boy who wants a pet pig was first published in 1959 by Harper & Brothers, likely dating this drawing to 1958 or 1959. In the final edition of this cover art, Williams embellished the background with foliage, changed Emmett's blue striped shirt to red plaid and revealed more of Emmett's and the pig's faces by tilting their chins slightly. Artwork measures 6.75'' x 8.75''. Pencil notation, likely by Williams, to lower right reads: ''This one has blue added.'' Light smudging from graphite. Near fine.
Garth Williams Hand-Drawing for the Cover Art of ''Emmett's Pig'' -- Signed by Williams on Verso
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