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Garth Williams Art — Charlotte’s Web Wilbur’s First Portrayal Sold at Nate D. Sanders

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When adults read books, their imaginations conjure imagery of characters therein. But for children, characters best come to life when rendered with illustrations to help guide their formidable minds.

It was Alice in Wonderland, after all, who found illustration-less books, as a child, preposterous, when she said,

“What is the use of a book, without pictures or conversations?”

Garth Williams Art from Charlotte’s Web

In our December, 2012 auction, we sold an original illustration and first depiction of E.B. White’s most famous character, Wilbur, from the beloved classic “Charlotte’s Web.”

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Illustrator Garth Williams’ hand-drawn sketch of Wilbur, the pig protagonist from E.B. White’s ”Charlotte’s Web” is drawn in pencil, and Williams initials ”GW” to the lower right. With two variations of the famous pig, the endearing portrayal Williams’ used has been repeated in countless versions of the book, and films, too.

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Charlotte’s Web Original Drawing of Wilbur by Garth Williams. Sold for $1,220.

Williams was something of an 20th Century artistic legend, illustrating 97 books by the time her turned 81From Stuart Little to creatures, fairies, animals, there was nowhere Williams’ imagination wouldn’t go when he set down to draw and bring countless characters to life.

Williams once said books have the power to influence children. Thus, he used his illustrations to try to “awaken something of importance . . . humor, responsibility, respect for others, interest in the world at large.”

We sold a similar piece of Garth Williams art in 2011:

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Garth Williams Art. Sold for $1,500.

We’ve auctioned Williams’ illustrations in the past, like this signed draft — done in pencil, watercolor and ink — of his cover illustration for ”Emmett’s Pig”, which sold for $750 in 2014.

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Garth Williams Art for “Emmett’s Pig”. Click to enlarge.

His endearing renderings are timeless, and as fellow illustrator Henry Cole once said, are full of “sensitivity, warmth, humor, and intelligence.”

FREE APPRAISAL for Garth Williams Art from Charlotte’s Web.  Call Nate D. Sanders Auctions at 310.440.2982, please email Nate@NateDSanders.com or go to  (http://www.NateDSanders.com).

Please let us know if you have Garth Williams Art for sale. Top dollar obtained for your Garth Williams Art.

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