Harrison Cady Original 1955 Pen & Ink Drawing, Otter, Thornton Burgess

One of the most famous and popular American illustrators of his era, the artist Harrison Cady (1877-1970) was especially well known for providing the illustrations from the late 1940s through the mid-1950s that accompanied the daily newspaper column "Bedtime Stories" by the children's book author Thornton Burgess. This original working drawing by Cady, executed in pencil, pen and ink, accompanied the Burgess story that appeared on September 22, 1955. (We are also including with the drawing a photocopy of the original Burgess story that appeared in various newspapers on that day.)
The drawing measures 7 1/4 inches by 6 inches (sheet size) and is signed by Cady in ink at the lower right. Under the drawing, also in ink, the artist has given the drawing's caption ("He swam over to the muskrat house and climbed out on the roof."). The drawing is professionally matted and attached to its mat at the top. In its mat, the piece measures a total of 14 1/4 inches by 13 inches.
This drawing of an otter is in excellent condition, with only some very minor soiling and toning to the sheet. There is also a small scuff to the sheet on and to the left of the otter's tail, possibly made by the artist himself while making an adjustment to the drawing (see photo 8).
We are offering this beautiful and whimsical children's drawing by a significant
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